Director: Valentyn Vasyanovych Run Time: 106 min. Rating: NR Language: Ukrainian, English
Starring: Andriy Rymaruk, Liudmyla Bileka, Vasyl Antoniak
Language: Ukrainian with English subtitles, English
Presented in the Virtual Screening Room in partnership with Grasshopper Films.
“Sensitively observed and meticulously crafted…A remarkable piece of filmmaking from an exciting emerging Eastern European voice”
– Nikki Baughan, Screen Daily
About the film:
Screened at film festivals around the world including Toronto, Rotterdam and Venice, where it won Best Film in the Horizons Competition. Ukraine’s official selection to the 2021 Academy Awards.
In 2025, Eastern Ukraine is a desert unsuitable for human habitation and water is an expensive commodity brought by trucks. As a wall is being built on the border, Sergiy, a former soldier, is having trouble adapting to this new reality. He meets Katya while on the Black Tulip mission dedicated to exhuming war corpses. Together, they try to return to some sort of normal life in which they are also allowed to fall in love again.