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KHRUSTAL / Crystal Swan

KHRUSTAL / Crystal Swan

Crystal Swan may be set in the context of mid-1990s Minsk, but there are restless young women like Velya in every backwater town. Velya is anxious to escape the provincialism of her homeland and seek her fortune as a club DJ in Chicago, the home of house music. She is in the early stages of applying for a U.S. visa but she knows her scrappy employment record could wreck her chances, so she lies about having a job. Though mostly a celebration of youthful individualism, Crystal Swan takes some dark turns. Zhuk still handles these events lightly, maintaining a tone between farce and black comedy. (Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter)

Darya Zhuk
Darya Zhuk left Minsk, Belarus, at the age of 16 to study in the US. Six years later with a cum laude B.A. degree from Harvard, she started making films first as a video artist, then as a producer and today as a director. She is a proud honors graduate of the Columbia University MFA program in Directing. Her films have been selected for festivals like SXSW, Tarkovsky, Oaxaca, Atlanta and Palm Springs.

Film Selection: Khrustal (Crystal Swan, 2018) - The Real American (2015, short) - What Doesn’t Kill You (2015, short) - Eat the Tourists (2014, short) - Wax (2013, short) - The Air Inside Her (2011, short) - Half-Life (2011, short)

YAAAS! Competition 2019

Darya Zhuk

Belarus / Germany / USA / Russia 2018
95 minutes

Carolina Costa
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Valery Dmitrotchenko, Birgit Gernböck, Olga Goister, Debbie Vandermeulen



Turnstyle TV LLC., Demarsh Film, Unfound Content, Fusion Features, Vice Films, Inspiration Films, Crystal Goose
World Sales

Loco Films

Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2018

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere