Ukrainian film called The Earth is Blue as an Orange won the Grand Prix of Poland's largest documentary festival Millenium Docs Against Gravity. The picture directed by Iryna Tsilyk also claimed the prize for the best camerawork.
The director herself posted this on Facebook.
"It's a joy, as is! I'm sending my tight hugs to out best cameraman Vyacheslav Tsvetkov, the rest of the team and our dear characters of the film The Earth is Blue as an Orange", Tsilyk wrote.
The documentary “follows single mother Anna and her four children as they document their lives under siege in Ukraine. Eldest daughter Mira dreams of becoming a cinematographer. As bombs descend on neighboring homes, the family construct, act in, and edit stylized scenes of dangerous predicaments they’ve lived to tell. Mira’s re-creations ratchet up the drama, using local soldiers, tanks, and even her own grandmother to tell terrifying tales of survival. Meanwhile, Iryna quietly captures their more quotidian moments during their shoots and in between takes… Eventually, the two projects fuse into a single vision that gorgeously encapsulates the extremes of war, both its explosive trauma and its mundane peripheral existence in everyday life”.
With miraculous insight, The Earth Is Blue as an Orange observes a family—and a filmmaker—cope with a war using their cameras, working in tandem to create meaning out of meaningless conflict.