Osyka, Leonid

Image - Leonid Osyka Image - A scene from the film Kaminnyi khrest (Stone Cross, 1968), dir. Leonid Osyka.

Osyka, Leonid [Осика, Леонід], b 8 March 1940 in Kyiv, d 16 September 2001 in Kyiv. Film director. He graduated from the State Institute of Cinema Arts in Moscow (1966). Among his films are a poetic cinema version of Vasyl Stefanyk's novellas called Kaminnyi khrest (The Stone Cross, 1968) and the heroic epic cinema version of Ivan Franko's Zakhar Berkut (1972), as well as Tryvozhnyi misiats’ veresen’ (The Alarming Month of September, 1977), More (The Sea, 1978), a film about Mikhail Vrubel Etiudy pro Vrubelia (Etudes about Vrubel, 1989), a cinema version of Mykhailo Kotsiubynsky’s story Podarunok na imenymy (A Name Day Gift, 1991), and a film Het'mans'ki kleinody (Hetman’s Jewels, 1993), based on a novel by Bohdan Lepky. Osyka was awarded the Shevchenko Prize in 1997. Documentary films about Osyka include Druh mii Lion'ka (My Friend Lionka, 2004) by Timur Zoloev and Leonid Osyka (2013) by Nataliia Kalatranova.

[This article was updated in 2013.]


Image - A scene from the film Kaminnyi khrest (Stone Cross, 1968), dir. Leonid Osyka. Image - A scene from the film Zakhar Berkut (1972), dir. Leonid Osyka.


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