Veselka: The Movie

Veselka: THE RAINBOW ON THE CORNER AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD

Synopsis: For 70 years, Veselka has been best known for its borscht and varenyky, but it has become a beacon of hope for Ukraine. As the second-generation owner Tom Birchard reluctantly retires after 54 years, his son Jason faces the pressures of stepping into his father’s shoes as the war in Ukraine impacts his family and staff. Narrated by David Duchovny.

NOW SHOWING:
NYC - VILLAGE EAST CINEMA BY ANGELIKA
FEB. 23RD - 29TH

Q&As:  Fri 7:05 (director/crew/cast), Sat 7:05 (director/crew/cast), Sun 4:25 (cast), Mon 7:05 (cast), Tues 7:05 (cast), Wed 7:05 (director/cast), Thurs 7:05 (cast)

NJ - BERNARDSVILLE CINEMA 3
FEB. 23RD - 29TH

Q&A:  Thursday 2/29 7:15p (director)

LOS ANGELES - LAEMMLE NOHO 7
FEB. 23RD - 29TH
WASHINGTON DC - REGAL GALLERY PLACE
FEB. 23RD - 29TH

UPCOMING SHOWS:

  • Dairy Arts Center (March 20-24) Q&A dates/times TBA
  • Siskel Center, Chicago (April 8 7:45p). Q&A with writer/director and subjects of film after
  • Ted Rogers Hot Docs, Toronto (April 12-20 — 5 showings with specific dates/times TBA)

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MOVIE PRESS

New York Post

"While “Veselka” is first and foremost a deeply affecting story of a family-run restaurant, at the film’s best it also serves as a vital reminder — and a wake-up call for some — of what’s at stake in Ukraine’s ongoing war against Russia and of New York’s strong connection to a valiant fight for survival 4,700 miles away."

NPR

"Every New Yorker has a Veselka story. A new documentary follows second-generation owner Tom Birchard, as he plans to retire from running the beloved Ukrainian restaurant, an East Village staple."

BNN

"Its message is clear: in times of terror, pain, and hardship, the human spirit prevails, often around a table of shared meals and stories. The film not only highlights the resilience of the Ukrainian people but also serves as a reminder of the power of community and cultural preservation in the face of adversity."

FORBES

"...demonstrates the power of food and a particular community; however, every tenet of the film details ideas and themes that affect everyone. Just as every culture has a version of a pierogi...every viewer of the film will see their father, son, friend, and neighborhood in the people on the screen."

Movie Jawn

"when the family of Veselka is shown, and the impact the restaurant has had on lives — bringing them from the war front to safety, and to a ready-built support system — is deeply moving."

Temple of Geek

"Between Fiore’s storytelling, Duchovny’s narration, Shore’s score, and the Birchard’s open hearts, VESELKA has the power to reignite their very worthy cause."

New York Times

"The film (in theaters now) starts as a fun story about a New York institution, and its tone is resolutely hopeful and convivial. But it rapidly becomes a demonstration of a community’s efforts to support loved ones under siege."

Awards Radar

"...the doc is about much more than a Ukrainian diner. It’s about no less than the need for compassion in this world. The way it conveys this makes it one of the most satisfying films of the year so far."

CBS News New York

"...it's been there for 70 years and is considered a beacon of hope for Ukraine. Not just a beacon of hope, but it also has some great food."

JB Spins

"...there are a lot of poignant moments in Veselka, because the drama is real and the potential for tragedy back home is a constant threat they must live with."