Ukrainian documentary breakthrough, The Earth Is Blue as an Orange will be premiered in Ukraine's cinemas on November 26.
The world documentary's premiere took place at Sundance festival in the U.S. in February 2020. It became a laureate of the World Cinema Documentary section receiving the Directing Award.
The European premiere took place within the 70th Berlin film festival; the Ukrainian one occurred at Docudays UA festival, which is focused on human rights.
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.