St. John’s Eve
St. John’s Eve

St. John’s Eve

Director Yuri Illienko

Production year 1968

Length 71min.

Country Ukraine


The film has been inspired by Mykola Hohol's short stories and Ukrainian folk tales. A poor young man Petro is in love with Pidorka. Predictably her father is against their marriage. An evil man Basavriuk persuades Petro to commit murder in order to gain much needed wealth. Petro and Pidorka can finally get married. But the blood spilled is a curse for their marriage. Eventually Petro loses his mind and gets killed, their household goes up in smoke, destroyed by a fire. Pidorka has to atone for the sin's of her beloved. 



Yuri Illienko
Yuri Illienko



Yuri Illienko

Director of Photography

Vadym Illienko

Production designer

Petro Myksymenko, Valeriy Novakov

Music by

Leonid Grabovsky


Leonid Vachi


Larysa Kadochnykova, Borys Khmelnytsky, Yevhen Frydman, Dmytro Franko, David Yanover, Kostiantyn Yershov, Dzhemma Firsova, Mykola Sylis, Boryslav Brondukov, Mykhailo Illienko

Production company(ies)

Dovzhenko Film Studio

Yuri Illienko

(1936-2010) Yuri Ilienko was a Soviet film director and screenwriter. He directed twelve films between 1965 and 2002. His 1970 film The White Bird Marked with Black was entered into the 7th Moscow IFF where it won the Golden Prize. Illienko was one of Ukraine's most influential filmmakers. His films were representing Ukraine and what was happening to it. His films were banned in the USSR for their suspected anti Soviet symbolism. Only in the recent years have his films been re released and open to the public. Yuri Illienko was a prolific writer who published a number of books and who compellingly spoke of the necessity for Ukraine to gain its own voice in film, to develop its national cinema as original, distinct, and uniquely recognizable.


A Spring for the Thirsty (1966), St. John’s Eve (1968), White Bird with a Black Mark (1971), In Spite of Everything (1972), To Dream and Live (1973), The Feast of Baked Potatoes (1976), A Swath of Uncut Wild Flowers (1978), Forest Song. The Mavka (1980), Legend of Princess Olha (1982), Straw Bells (1987), Swan Lake. The Zone (1990), Serhiy Paradzhanov. Score of Christ in C Major (1994), A Prayer for Hetman Mazepa (2002).

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