by Daria Onyshchenko
2019 / Ukraine / Switzerland / 105’

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.

directed by Daria Onyschenko
written by Daria Onyschenko, Claudia Lehmann
director of photography Erol Zubčević
music by Martin Skalsky
production design by Volodymyr Romanov
edited by Simon Gutknecht
produced by Igor Savychenko, Claudia Lehmann, Dmytro Kozhema
cast Maryna Koshkina, Daniil Kamenskyi, Vasyl Kuharskyi, Oleksii Gorbunov, Anastasya Khalpakhchi-Grinberg, Maria Kulikovska
casting by Victoria Nesterenko
sound design by Oleksandr Shatkivskyi
costume design by Kostyantyn Kravets
make up by

Serhii Maurin

production manager

Oleksandr Chetyrkyn

production companies Directory Films / Lehmann Sisters
supported by Government of Ukraine and Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, Federal Office of Culture of Swiss Confederation
sales agent WIDE