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 aftermath 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 gravitate towards each other, they try to remind people in the occupied territories that they deserve a future, too.
Length: 105 min.
Country: Ukraine/ Switzerland
Written by: Daria Onyshchenko and 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 and Claudia Lehmann
Karlovy Vary Internationnal Film Festival 2019 (work in progress),
Odesa International Film Festival 2019 (work in progress),
Warsaw International Film Festival 2019 – special mention
Lehmann Sisters GmbH