August / Belarusian Summer

Pure Art

director: Maksim Shved
Poland, Belarus201952’
Original language with English subtitles
Original language with English subtitles
eng: Notification

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Communal painters Zina and Inna carefully paint over the graffiti and slogans on the walls of Minsk, leaving colourful rectangles as a result. The artist Zakhar Kudin is inspired by the bright figures and decides to copy them onto huge canvases. Passers-by intrigued by Zakhar’s performance try to interpret his work and express their opinion, about art but not only. Watching the birth of an artistic phenomenon, the film shows contemporary Belarus with irony and love.


About the director

Maksim Shved was born in 1979 in Minsk, Belarus. After graduating from the Law Department of the Belarusian State University, he decided to study film directing. He graduated from the St. Petersburg High School of Directors & Screenwriters in 2013 and the Wajda School, Documentary Programme, in 2016. Now he directs documentary series for television. In his free time he creates and develops social videos.

Maksim Shved, the director of Pure Art, was arrested in Minsk on the night of 11 August while filming the protests. At the moment, he is in the Zhodino Prison. As of 13 August, we know about over 7,000 arrested protesters in the country. Dozens of journalists have been detained or are missing.

We have added some brief information to our post sharing the film on Facebook, calling on our audience to spread awareness of the events in Belarus and to support victims of repressions through the BY_Help action.

Maksim Shved


Magdalena Borowiec, Tatiana Matysiak, Volia Chajkouskaya


Grzegorz Hartfiel


Artur Walaszczyk


Piotr Bodak


SQUARE film studio, TVP S.A., Belsat TV, Volia Films, DI Factory


SQUARE film studio, Volia Films

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