Kohan Hryhoriy Romanovych


July 5, 2022

Hryhoriy Romanovych Kokhan (June 23, 1931, Bortkiv - January 3, 2014, Kyiv, Ukraine) is a Ukrainian film director and screenwriter. People's Artist of Ukraine, Honored Artist of Ukraine, laureate of the Oleksandr Dovzhenko State Prize of Ukraine, member of the National Union of Cinematographers of Ukraine, Knight of the Order of Merit (2001). The author of the film about the UPA "Executed Dawns" (1995).


Born on June 23, 1931 in the village of Bortkiv near Zolochiv, in a Ukrainian family, he was the fifth, youngest child. He graduated from the artistic department of the Ukrainian Polygraphic Institute named after Ivan Fedorov (1955) and the Higher Directing Courses of the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (1964). He worked at the Armenian State Publishing House of Fiction (1955-1962). In 1962-1969, he was the director of the Kyiv Film Studio of Popular Science Films. Since 1969, he has been the director of the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Film Studio of Feature Films. The films of recent years are mostly of the detective-adventure genre. Played several episodic film roles. He taught at the Ivan Karpenko-Kary Kyiv National University of Theater, Film and Television. In 2001, Kohan coordinated the writing of the script for the film series about the Ukrainian militia "Born with Independence". His co-author on the script was the writer from Lutsk Bortnikov Sergey Ivanovich. As Kohan himself said: "Nevertheless, I recently invited Serhiy Bortnikov, the Lutsk author of many talented thrillers, to cooperate. In a short time, we wrote the script for a ten-episode film about the Ukrainian militia. The tentative title is: "Born by Independence." Our script is based on real life. unfortunately, there is not a single penny for the series." The reason for the failure in the implementation of this scenario was the death of the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Yuriy Kravchenko, who promised to help in the filming of the film. In 2007, the television program "Beloved Moment" (in 3 parts) was filmed about the life and work of the director Hryhoriy Kokhan in the cycle of cultural programs "Portrait" of the "GLAS" television company. He died on January 3, 2014 at the age of 83.


Wife: Larisa Timofiivna Levchuk (born 1940) is a Ukrainian art critic. Doctor of Philosophy, professor. Son: Kohan Tymofiy Hryhorovych (b. 1965) — Honored