Ada's Gallery

Director: Uładzimir Kołas

written and directed by Uładzimir Kołas photography Uładzimir Babaryka, Jury Plushchau, Henadz Zayats edited by Jury Pivavarau produced by Telewizja Polska (Polish Television) – Biełsat TV; Everest Film Studio, pl. Zwycięstwa 2d /2, 90-312 Łódz, tel./fax +48 42 676 75 41, +48 609 333 407, e-mail:,
Betacam, 53′
Poland 2008


The action takes place in the Vitebsk region of Belarus, where poverty creates a depressing contrast to the area’s natural beauty. Ada works on a farm with her husband Oleg, but she has a passion: she corresponds with artists and invites them to paint in the open air. The artists often leave their works behind, so she buys a second cottage and displays the paintings in her improvised art gallery. In order to organise the open air festivals, Ada needs help from her neighbours. Their reactions are varied: apathy, distrust, laziness. Free thinking is not welcomed in Belarus, and even an innocent hobby such as painting could be dangerous and requires outstanding heroism.


Selected Awards:

  • International Festival of TV Programs and TV Films “Golden Drum” in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia 2008 – First Award in National Character Category
  • Prix Europa Festival, Berlin 2008 – Prix Europa Special Award
  • International Film Festival of La Rochelle, France 2008 – Main Award


Translated by Monika Miziniak | Edited by Patricia Koza