Crystal Swan

Belarus, USA, Germany, Russia, 2018, 93 min.


Darya Zhuk


Birgit Goernbock,
Olga Goister,
Debbie Vandermeulen,
Valery Dmitrotchenko


Helga Landauer, co-written by Darya Zhuk

Rights Holder



Carolina Costa


Alina Nasibullina, Ivan Mulin, Yury Borisov, Svetlana Anikey, Ilya Kapanets, Ludmila Razumova


Demarsh-Film, Fusion Features, Unfound Content, Vice Films, Inspiration Films, Crystal Goose, Belarusfilm, Nashe Kino

In 1990s Belarus, a wanderlust young DJ Velya is derailed by a typo in a forged US Visa application, forcing her to a backwater factory town where she is determined to fake her way to the American dream.

2018 Karlovy Vary IFF (Czech Republic) – opening film of "East of the West" Competition
Odesa IFF (Ukraine) – Grand Prix
Almaty FF (Kazakhstan) – Grand Prix
"Window to Europe" FF (Russia) – Grand Prix in "Co-production. Window to the World" competition, Russian Film Critics Guild Prize
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Darya Zhuk

Darya Zhuk left Minsk, Belarus at the age of 16 to study in the US. Graduated from Harvard University, where she studied economics, and from Columbia University MFA program in Directing. Her short films have been awarded at various international film festivals including Minsk IFF “Listapad”, where THE REAL AMERICAN won a diploma in National Comptetion in 2015. Darya lives and creates between Minsk and Brooklyn. CRYSTAL SWAN is her feature debut.

Selected filmography

2018 Crystal Swan

2015 The Real American