Director Nadia Paran
Producer Illia Gladshtein
Documentary, Ukraine, 2019, 64`
World premiere at Vision du Reel 2019
Ukrainian Premiere at Odessa International Film Festival 2019
For many years, Ivan Vasyliovych has been the trade union leader at IvanoFrankivskTeploKomunEnergo, a municipal heating company in western Ukraine. His magnum opus is the trade union choir for mechanics, repairmen, dispatchers, bookkeepers and other employees. Ivan Vasyliovych is very proud of their creative achievements but is also keen to point out that “the heating comes first – and only then do we sing!”. The rehearsal schedule must be organised around the “heating season”. As the collective are trying to fix the old pipelines, customers are bombarding the hotline service. Is it possible to warm up their cold radiators with the power of Ukrainian folk song?