During the 1917-1921 Civil War in Ukraine, a landlord and his family flee the Bolshevik troops, who are already on the outskirts of the city. The faithful doorman stays behind to guard the family's valuables, buried in the garden. During the chaotic escape to the station the landlord's son gets separated and returns to the estate, where Anton hides him in his tiny room in the attic. In the evening, the mansion is occupied by Bolsheviks led by Anton's son, Andrii. Anton doesn't share his son's political ideas and restrains himself for showing his love for him. Accidentally the young master witnesses Andrii finding the treasures hidden in the garden. When the White Army returns to the city the following day, the landlord's son gives Andrii away to counterintelligence, and Andrii is executed as a Bolshevik agent. In despair, Anton sets fire to the estate, along with the partying White Army generals.
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The original Ukrainian intertitles were lost when they were cut and replaced with Russian intertitles in the mid-1930s. See more
In honor of the ninetieth anniversary of the founding of VUFKU (The All-Ukrainian Photo-Cinema Administration), the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Film Centre implemented a digital restoration of "Dva Dni" ("Two Days") on the orders of the State Film Agency of the Ukraine. It was released on DVD in 2011, as part of the collection "Ukrainian Re-Vision" ("Ukrainske Nime"). This version has a running time of 60 minutes and features scores by Borys Liatoshynsky (1932) and Yurii Mykhalchuk/DJ U-Ra (2011). The latter was commissioned by the "Mute Nights" festival or film and contemporary music in Odessa. Because the original Ukrainian intertitles were replaced by Russian intertitles in the Stalin era, the restorers had to refer to other sources in reinstating them. The references used were the director's script, published in the book "Scripts of Soviet Ukrainian Cinema" (Kyiv: State Publishing House of Fine Arts and Music Literature, 1957), and information published in Kino magazine (no. 7, 1927: pp8-9). See more