n Spring is a masterpiece of Ukrainian cinema avant-garde, a non-fiction film made by Mikhail Kaufman, Dziga Vertov’s brother and co-author, along the lines of the avantgardist theory of «cine-eye». The film shows Kyiv in 1929, almost unknown today. Pictures of wakening city, its resurging life resonate with lyrical views of reviving nature. Kaufman’s attentive camera dwells deliberately on smiling faces of children, lyrically depicting a declaration of love to Kyiv. In In Spring, Kaufman used the method of «hidden camera» for the first time.
Soundtrack to the film was composed by Oleksandr Kokhanovsky, who also created music to a series of experimental theatrical productions, movies, art performances and other artistic events.
Georges Sadoul, a French cinema writer:
Mikhail Kaufman’s In Spring (1929) is more of a cinematic poem than a documentary. In 1930 in Ukraine, this film as well as Earth made a profound impression on us. With In Spring, we have discovered a totally new form of documentary cinema, a cine-poem, where the lyric theme of thaw and swelling buds accompanied the advancement of USSR towards socialism without concealing still existing survivals of the past. I saw this film thirty-seven years ago but still keep unforgettable memories of it.