Nina, 30, a Ukrainian language teacher who can’t leave the city of Luhansk, occupied by separatists in Eastern Ukraine, is forced to undergo retraining courses for teaching Russian. Andrii, 17, is a student who was orphaned in the afternath of the war. They cross paths when Nina witnesses Andrii being arrested by the police after hanging the Ukrainian flag from the roof of his school.
NIna knows that because they live in a world of injustice and lies Andrii can stay in jail for a long time, and she risks her life to free him. As they gravite towards each other, they try to remind people in the occupied territories that they deserve a future, too.
Length: 105 min.
Country: Ukraine/ Schweiz
Written by: Daria Onyshchenko und Claudia Lehmann
Directed by: Daria Onyshchenko
Director of Photography: Erol Zubčević
Editing by: Simon Gutknecht
Music by: Martin Skalsky
Cast: Maryna Koshkina, Daniil Kamenskyi, Vasyl Kuharskyi, Maria Kulikovska
Produced by: Igor Savychenko und Claudia Lehmann
Festivals: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2019 (work in progress), Odesa International Film Festival 2019 (work in progress)
Warsaw International Film Festival 2019 | Solothurner Filmtage 2020 | Crossing Europe Filmfestival Linz | Istanbul Film Festival 2020 | Taormina Film Fest 2020 | Avanca Film Festival Portugal 2020 | Europeam Film Festival Palic Serbia 2020 | Molodist Film Festival 2020 | Fünf Seen Filmfestival 2020 | Ukrainian Film Festival in London 2020 | KharkivMeetDocs 2020 | Ukraina Festiwal Filmowy 2020 Poland | International Film Festival of India 2021 in Goa | International Female Film Festival Malmö in Schweden 2021 | Filmfestival Karpaten | Arras Film Festival in Frankreich 2021 | Bari International Film Festival 2022 | European Film Festival Hong Kong 2022 | Biberacher Filmfestspiele 2022
Awards: Kyiv, Golden Dzyga – Ukrainian Film Academy, Best Female Role 2021 | Warsaw International Film Festival 2019 – Special Mention | Avanca Film Festival in Portugal – Special Mention, Best Male Role Danylo Kamensky, FICC Award (International Federation of Film Society) | Filmfestival Karpaten – Best Female Role 2021 | Biberacher Filmfestspiele 2022 – Golden Beaver
World Sales: WIDE – Paris
Supported by: Ministry of Culture of Ukraine and Federal Office of Culture (FOC)