International Forum

COUNTRIES: Ukraine, Türkiye YEAR: 2022 RUNTIME: 100 min

DIRECTED BY: Maryna Er Gorbach

LANGUAGE(S): Ukrainian, Russian, Dutch, Chechen,

SUBTITLES: English, German

CAST: Oksana Cherkashyna, Serhii Shadrin, Oleh Shcherbyna, Oleh Shevchuk, Artur Aramian, Evgenij Efremov

SCRIPT: Maryna Er Gorbach

PRODUCED BY: Maryna Er Gorbach, Mehmet Bahadir Er, Sviatoslav Bulakovskyi

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Sviatoslav Bulakovskyi

SCORE: Zviad Mgebry



Irka, who is heavily pregnant, lives with her husband Tolik in a village in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. Fighting is taking place there in July 2014. A wall in the living room of their house is missing; it has fallen victim to the fighting and provides a view of the barren landscape that is becoming a theater of war. Still, Irka does not want to leave her home. While Tolik’s separatist friends expect him to join their fight, Irka’s brother accuses him of betraying Ukraine. In her powerful and stylish family drama, director Maryna Er Gorbach skillfully weaves together the personal and political histories of the fighting in Ukraine and, with a carefully probing camera and outstanding actors, vividly depicts the horror of war, which here takes place mostly outside the frame of the picture and yet repeatedly breaks into the home.

Maryna Er Gorbach

Maryna Er Gorbach is a Ukrainian film director. After studying at the Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema & Television University in Ukraine, she graduated from Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing in Poland. Since 2017 Maryna ER Gorbach has been a member of the European Film Academy.

Black Dogs Barking (2009), Love Me (2013), Omar and Us (2019), Klondike (2022)

PRODUCTION: Kedr Film, Protim V.P

WORLD SALES: Arthood Entertainment Gmbh (info@arthoodentertainment.com)