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DOCUMENTARY

Way of Life

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PRODUCTION COMPANY “PRIME STORY PICTURES” STARTED SHOOTING A DOCUMEN-TARY ABOUT NARROW-GAUGE RAILWAYS IN UKRAINE AND SWITZERLAND ON OC-TOBER 26TH.

The main character of the film is Oleh Hudzeliak. He is student-railroader, a young ambitious activist of preservation of narrow-gauge railways of Ukraine. Oleh often travels by narrow-gauge railways and decides to devote his time to preservation of this valuable asset of the cultural and industrial heritage. He will be traveling by Borzhavska, Vygodska, Polisska and Gaivoronska narrow-gauge railways. During the trip Oleh will be talking to train drivers, pointsmen, workers of stations and depots. They will share fascinating stories about their devoted and persistent work on the narrow-gauge railways. Also, Oleh will stop by Uzhhorod children’s narrow-gauge railway, where the love to railroad is actually being implanted for the future generations.

While keeping in touch with the international community of railway enthusiasts Oleh meets with the other characters of the documentary – Christophe Bachmann and his wife, Caroline Bachmann.  Christophe is a Swiss railroader-restorer, railway activist, who has restored a unique 19th century train at his own expense.

Oleh invites Christophe to visit Vygodksa narrow-gauge railway and see miraculous beauty of the Carpathian mountains while traveling the railroad. Christophe, on the other hand, invites Oleh to the French part of Switzerland in order to share the experience of successful preservation and constant development of the mountain narrow-gauge railroad.

Story by Oleksandr Nedbaev, directed, co-produced by Olexander Nedbaev, produced by Pavlo Sushko, co-produced by Olivier Kohler, produced by Philippe Ciampi (Nouvelle Vague Factory). The project is being supported by Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, Swiss TV channel RTS, Transcarpathian and Ivano-Frankivsk film commissions.

Ukrainian Cultural Foundation is a governmental institution created in 2017 according to laws of Ukraine in order to assist the development of national culture and art in the country, to create favorable conditions for the development of the intellectual and spiritual potential of individuals and society, to create wide access of citizens to the national cultural property, to support cultural diversity and integration of Ukrainian culture into the world’s cultural space. Practices of the Foundation, according to the current legislation, are coordinated by the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine.

PHOTOS

Backstage

FILM CREW

  • Director | Story By
    Oleksandr Nedbaev/
  • Producer
    Pavlo Sushko/
  • Swiss producers
    Olivier Kohler/ Philippe Ciampi/
  • Manager
    Mariia Gerasymiuk/
  • Director of Photography
    Volodymyr Usyk/
  • Cinematographer, Drone Pilot
    Yehor Hrishunin/
  • Sound Mixer
    Dmytro Sheiko/
  • 1st Assistant Camera
    Yevhenii Kovalenko /
  • Legal support
    Maksimchuck Oleksandr/
  • Assistant producer
    Anuchin Ivan/

CHARACTERS

Christophe Bachmann
Main Character
Swiss activist, who has restored a 19th century train that is now being used to ride tourists from all over the world by Swiss and French railroads.
Oleh Hudzeliak
Main Character
Ukrainian activist-railroader. Oleh cares for narrow-gauge railroads of Ukraine, dreams of transforming them into tourist attraction.
Caroline Bachmann
Main Character

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