Two Hutsul families have been at odds for many years. In an atmosphere of anger and revenge, the pure, bright love of Ivan and Marichka, who belong to the warring families, is born. Ivan is forced to go to work while Marichka drowns in a river abyss. Ivan tries to forget his beloved, but he fails. Marrying the beautiful Palagna does not help either. Only in his dying delirium does Ivan find his happiness.
Serhiy Parajanov was a Ukrainian and Armenian film director, screenwriter, and composer. One of the representatives of the wave of Ukrainian poetic cinema. He pioneered the genre of collage in Ukrainian fine art, which he created based on conceptualism. However, during his lifetime, these works were underground and appeared at exhibitions only after the artist's death. He is also known as the director of the film Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, based on the novel of the same name by Mykhailo Kotsiubynskyi, which is ranked #1 in the list of 100 best Ukrainian films.