July 2014. Expectant parents Irka and Tolik live in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine near the Russian border, disputed territory in the early days of the Donbas war. Their nervous anticipation of their first child’s birth is violently disrupted as the vicinal crash of flight MH17 elevates the forbidding tension enveloping their village. The looming wreckage of the downed airliner and an incoming parade of mourners emphasize the surreal trauma of the moment.
As Tolik’s separatist friends expect him to join their efforts, Irka’s brother is enraged by suspicions that the couple has betrayed Ukraine. Irka refuses to be evacuated even as the village gets captured by armed forces, and she tries to make peace between her husband and brother by asking them to repair their bombed house.
Maryna Er Gorbach is a Ukrainian film director: After studying at Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theater, Cinema & Television University (Ukraine), she graduated from Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing (Poland). Since 2017, Maryna ER Gorbach has been a member of the European Film Academy. Her latest movie Klondike was awarded at Sundance IFF & Berlinale IFF. Her films also include Omar and Us (2019), Love Me (2013), and Black Dogs Barking (2009).
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
World Cinema – Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival 2022
Best Film; Grand Jury Prize – International Feature Length, Santiago International Film Festival – SANFIC 2022
Best Director, Sarajevo Film Festival 2022
Best Film, Wiesbaden goEast 2022
Best Feature Film, Seattle International Film Festival 2022
Grand Prix in International Competition; Critic’s Choice Award; Youth Jury Award, Fribourg International Film Festival 2022
Adelaide Film Festival 2022
Berlin International Film Festival 2022
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2022
Istanbul International Film Festival 2022
Director: Maryna Er Gorbach
Country: Ukraine, Turkey
Language: Ukrainian, Russian, Chechen, Dutch
Cast: Oksana Cherkashyna, Sergey Shadrin, Oleg Shcherbina
Production: Kedr Film, Protim Video Production
PROGRAMME: EU: ZONE OF CHANGE