Private Project

A Cage for Two

Going a hard and thorny road, going through all the blood and sweat, all the intrigues and betrayals, through love and friendship – that is what loud circus fanfare, bright and shiny characters, flowers and bouquets, and ovation are always earned by. The viewers will indulge into the world of circus full of its brightness, uniqueness, specificity and mystery, looking at subject through the lens of personal relationship of a world-known couple of lion and tiger tamers Volodymyr and Liudmyla Shevchenko. “A Cage for Two” documentary is a film about true partnership, friendship, love, risk and success! It offers a look at the historical development, establishment and artistic transformations of the Ukrainian Circus as a cultural phenomenon of the 20th century.

They never had kids. The circus was their life, their environment was cages, the animals were their children. They are tough, charismatic people. Hard work, care and humanity, and open hearts made them who they were. Liudmyla Oleksiivna and Volodymyr Dmytrovych have always felt so natural in any kind of environment – in a cage, at business functions abroad, in the spacious offices and behind the curtains offstage. Ego problem that afflicted the famous never afflicted them, and Merited Artists never left their companions! For over 50 years the Shevchenkos have been everything to each other at circus arena and in life. They have been partners, friends, soul mates, lovers. They were always together and nothing could separate them except emergency room or grave. Through the prism of the creative way of the legendary trainer Shevchenko, we will show the transformation of the Ukrainian Circus, which is being reformed today. The film will show the prospect of this transformation - Show with holographic animals of the German cricket "Roncalli".

  • Lilia Kirichieva
    Documentary: «The Dignity Revolution», «Ukraine 2041», «First World War. Second Front» (2014), «Touch Designer» (2008), «Vyhor pedagogy» (2007), «Return from oblivion» (2006), «Olena Yurkowska. Price of gold», «Ode to law» (2005)
  • Serhii Kotelnykov
    Books: «Fire fighters. History of firefighting in the territory of modern Ukraine» (2018), «Cage for two» (2015), «Border. Matter of honor» (2010)
  • Olena Driz
    Producer: documentaries «Treasures of Verona», «AU», «Eastwards», «The Choice» (2019), «Hydra», «Luhansk Outpost» (2018)
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Клітка для двох
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    interview, observation
  • Runtime:
    43 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 31, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    149,686 USD
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    Germany, Ukraine
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Director - Lilia Kirichieva