Ihor Podolchak

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Ihor Podolchak
DELIRIUM Director Ihor Podolchak 1.jpg
Podolchak at the movie set Delirium, Lviv, 2008
Born Ihor Podolchak
(1962-04-09) April 9, 1962 (age 57)
Lviv, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
Residence Lviv, Kyiv
Alma mater The Lviv National Academy of Arts
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, producer, painter, printmaker, photographer
Years active 1984 – present
Notable work Las Meninas
Style Nonlinear, Psychological, Surrealistic
Spouse(s) Tamara Podolchak (1984-present)

Ihor Podolchak (Ukrainian: Ігор Подольчак) (born April 9, 1962) is a Ukrainian filmmaker and visual artist. He is a co-founder of the creative association Masoch Fund.[1]

Ihor Podolchak was voted as one of the 10 most prominent Ukrainian filmmakers[2] by Forbes Ukraine in 2014

Early life

Podolchak was born in Lviv, Ukrainian SSR, USSR (now Ukraine). He graduated from Lviv Academy of Fine Arts (then Lviv State Institute of Applied and Decorative Arts) with distinction in 1984. From 1984 to 1985 he served in the Soviet Border Troops on the Soviet-Polish border.

Visual arts

The artist's book Jacob Bohme was awarded as World's Best Book (Bronze Medal) by Stiftung Buchkunst Frankfurt am Main at Frankfurt Book Fair. One of his 24 personal exhibitions was the first art exhibition ever to be held in space, at space station Mir[3] on January 25, 1993. Artworks of Podolchak can be found in 26 museums and public collections worldwide.


Poster Las Meninas
Poster Delirium

Both films of Podolchak have common characteristic features: departure from narrative, anthropology of enclosed worlds, elaborated composition of frame, unusual shooting angles. The spaces of Las Meninas and Delirium are similarly dense, difficult for movement, tiresome both for the characters moving within them and the viewers watching them. This reflects the time of “the end of history” with its somnambulism, impotence, morbidity and hopelessness.

Las Meninas

Las Meninas is Podolchak's debut full-length film. He wrote, directed and produced it. The film had a world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in the competition program on January 25, 2008.[4] Overall, it has participated in 27 international film festivals, including 10 competition programs.


Delirium is Podolchak's second full-length feature. Its script is based on the story Inductor by the Ukrainian writer and journalist Dmytro Belyanskyi. The film’s production lasted during 2008–2010. For the first time fragments of the film were demonstrated in 2012 on the 45th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the program Films in production. New full-length films from Central and Eastern Europe.[5] After the prerelease screenings, Ukrainian film critics compared the second film of Podolchak to the works of Alain Robbe-Grillet, Pedro Costa and Nikos Nikolaidis.

Position 5 in Top-10 Ukrainian films of 2012 by «Афіша@Mail.Ru».[6]

Selected prizes and nominations


  • 2013 «First Prize»,[7] Baghdad International Film Festival, Iraq
  • 1995 «Triennaleprize»,[8] 11th Norway International Print Triennial, Fredrikstad
  • 1994 «Walter Tiemann Preis», Verein zur Förderung von Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig e.V. an der Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig
  • 1990 «Latvian Artist Union Prize», Triennial of miniature graphic art, Riga
  • 1990 «1st Award for graphics», 5th Annual International Art Exhibition, Marietta, USA
  • 1989 «Diploma», International Biennial of Art Impreza, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
  • 1988 «Prix Ex Aequo»,[9] 12th International Print Biennial, Cracow
  • 1987 «Honorable Medal»,[10] Small Graphic Forms, Łódź



External video
Art in Space
Space station «Mir», 1993 (Russian)
External images
Prints 1983-1997
Painting 1983-2002
Mixed technique 1986-2001
Photography 1987-2004
  • 100 Імен. Сучасне мистецтво України періоду Незалежності. (100 names. Contemporary Ukrainian Art from the Independence Time.) Київ: Видавництво «Мысль», 2008 ISBN 978-966-8527-62-3 (Ukrainian)
  • Bang-Heun C. Igor Podolchak. Catalog. Seoul: Gaain Gallery, 1992
  • Böhme Jakob; Podolczak Igor; Tomkowski Jan. Artist's Book. Lodz: Correspondance des Arts II, 1993. OCLC 245835402
  • Callaghan B. Fifteen Years in Exile. Toronto: Exile Editions, 1992 ISBN 1-55096-025-3
  • Dyurych I,; Podolchak, I. Art in Space. Special Edition for São Paulo Biennial. Кyiv: Masoch Fund, 1994
  • Ewins, R.; Colless E. Igor Podolchak. Ukrainian Printmaker. Catalog. Hobart: University of Tasmania, 1991
  • Grenzgänger: acht Künstler aus der Ukraine. Linz: Büro für Kulturelle Auslandsbeziehungen des Landes Oberösterreich, 1994. ISBN 3-901246-09-6
  • Matuszak, G.; Wozniak, Taras. Igor Podolchak. Lodz: Biuro Wystaw artystycznych, 1988
  • Mikhaylovska O.; Podolchak, I.; Taranenko, A.Corpus delicti : post-erotic art photography. Prague: Masoch Fund, 1998. ISBN 978-966-7167-16-5
  • Raine, C.; Podolczak, Igor. Gilgamesh. Lodz, Poland : Book Art Museum, 1995. OCLC 82268972
  • Rosiak, M. Igor Podolczak. Grafika. Catalog. Poznan: Galeria'72, 1989
  • Rudel, J. Apocalypses: Rencontres Du Manege Royal.. La Garenne-Colombes: Editions de l'Espace européen, 1991 ISBN 2-7388-0139-0 OCLC 31674573
  • Voznyak, T. Ihor Podolchak. Catalog. Lviv: Ukrainian Independent Center of Contemporary Art, 1991. OCLC 224935917 (Ukrainian)
  • Dyurych, I.; Podolchak, Ihor. Последний еврейский погром (The Last Jewish Pogrom). Kyiv: Masoch Fund, 1995 (Russian)
  • Dyurych, Ihor; Podolchak, I.; Тistol, О. Igor Podolchak : immoral-immortal. Lviv: Masoch Fund, 1999. ISBN 966-537-115-0
  • Mистецька мапа України: Львів — живопис, графіка, скульптура. (Art Map of Ukraine: Lviv - painting, prints, sculpture.) Kyiv: I︠U︡velir-pres, 2008. ISBN 978-966-96579-4-7 (Ukrainian)

External links


  1. The Festival Jury Wiz-Art 2011 wiz-art.com.ua Retrieved December 5, 2011
  2. Юрій Володарський. Рейтинг Forbes: 10 найвизначніших кінорежисерів України. «Forbes Ukraine», July 23, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2014 (Ukrainian)
  3. YouTube — Art In Space Ihor Podolchak 1993
  4. Константинова, Катерина. Український «натюрморт» вперше в Роттердамі. «Дзеркало Тижня», № 3 (682) 26 січня — 1 лютого 2008. Retrieved November 3, 2009 (Ukrainian)
  5. 45th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Films in production. New full-length films from Central and Eastern Europe. www.kviff.com 2010. Retrieved December 27, 2012
  6. Топ-10 украинских фильмов 2012 года Retrieved December 27, 2012 (Russian)
  7. Baghdad International Film Festival
  8. 11 Norwegian International Print Triennale. Fredrikstad: Norske Internasjonale Grafikk Triennale, 1995. pp. 269, 343, OCLC 47160369
  9. 12 Międzynarodowe Biennale Grafiki, Kraków: Biuro Wystaw Artystycznych, 1988, OCLC 34341741
  10. Miejska Galeria Sztuki. Wyroznieni. Retrieved November 5, 2009
  11. Fantasporto 2013 Director's Week Competition, IMDb. Retrieved March 6, 2013
  12. Trieste Film Festival. Ventesima Edizione Duemilanove. Trieste: Alpe Adria Cinema, 2009. pp. 48-49 OCLC 451007614
  13. 37th International Film Festival Rotterdam. 23 january – 3 February 2008. Rotterdam: IFFR, 2008, p.42 ISSN 1873-8362
  14. ArtFilm International Film Festival Trencianske Teplice-Trencin. Bratislava: Art Film 2008, p.55 OCLC 450932929