The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

DIRECTED BY: Iryna Tsilyk COUNTRIES: Ukraine, Lithuania YEAR: 2020 LANGUAGES: Ukrainian, Russian SUBTITLES:German RUNTIME: 74 min

SECTION: Weekender 2022, Open Eyes 2022


“War is when people shoot. And other people shoot at the people who shot first. When they start shooting, Mom wakes us up and we go into the hallway. And when they stop, we go back to bed.”
In eastern Ukraine, the Russian war of aggression did not just begin in February 2022; it has been raging here since 2014. “Shots are fired and grenades explode in the streets. In the house, four siblings, their mother, the cats and the turtle are trying to find peace and organize a normal everyday life. He quickly made me irritable and angry, says Nastja. Her sister Myroslava, who wants to study cinematography, says: “War is like a void. To fight the black hole, she is making a movie. A film about her family’s life during the war, about the fears and small joys. Director Iryna Tsilyk observes everyday life during the war and the family’s work on the film. A document of resilience and the power of cinema.” Berlinale, Generation 14plus

FILMOGRAPHY Blue Hour (2008), Commemoration (2012), Home (2016), Kid (2017), Tayra (2017), The Earth Is Blue as an Orange (2020)

PRODUCER Anna Kapustina, Giedrė Žickytė CINEMATOGRAPHY: Viacheslav Tsvietkov EDITED BY: Ivan Bannikov, Iryna Tsilyk