The new voice of Ukrainian cinema, after winning awards with 'Ukrainian Sheriffs', comes back with this amazing surreal narrative: 'In deserted land of South Ukraine, in this dramatic moment of history in my country, I found a wild and forgotten place of anarchy; a new provincial order, where people live their own lives, some of them even without any documents or connection to the state'.
A series of odd coincidences has left Lukas, an interpreter for an OSCE military checkpoint inspection tour, stranded near a small southern Ukrainian steppe town. With nowhere to turn, this city boy finds shelter at the home of a colourful local named Vova. With Vova as his guide, Lukas is confronted by a universe beyond his imagination, one in which life seems utterly detached from any identifiable structure. Fascinated by his host and his host's daughter Marushka, with whom he is rapidly falling in love, Lukas’s contempt for provincial life slowly melts away and sets him on a quest for a happiness he had never known could exist. An amusing, weird road trip, beautifully shot, that ponders over self-recognition and happiness. More than a film, an experience!
I discovered the unique universe of the south Ukrainian steppe through my wife’s uncle, Vova, who lived there and who was constantly coming up with crazy business ideas. Once, he suggested to dig up the bones from German soldiers from the Second World War in his garden and sell them to the relatives in Germany. This seemed so absurd to me that I decided to follow him with a camera to get a better understanding of his life and the area where he lived.
In this deserted land, during a very dramatic moment of history in my country, I found a wild and forgotten place of anarchy; a new provincial order, where people live their own lives, some of them even without any documents or connection to the state. Living in the city, it is hard to imagine a magical place like this, where people still see mirages, with local feudals, private security groups on watermelon fields and checkpoints in the middle of nowhere exists. I wanted to find out why people stay there, what keeps them from leaving? And is it possible to find yourself or at least survive there?
Screening will be followed by Q&A with Roman Bondarchuk and Dar'ya Averchenko
On Saturday this screening will be followed by musical performance of Chervoni Korali.
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