For the first time in history, a movie of a Ukrainian director was presented in the program of the Sundance Festival in the United States. The list of winners is published on the website of the film festival.
The movie of Ukrainian film director Iryna Tsilyk The Earth Is Blue as an Orange became a laureate of the World Cinema Documentary section receiving the Directing Award. The film also entered the Berlinale 2020 competition program.
Per the film’s official Sundance synopsis, 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.
As it was reported earlier, the trailer of the film The Earth Is Blue as an Orange appeared on Youtube.