Ukraine | 2022 | 100 min | Maryna Er Gorbach

April 14 - 24, 2022

A raw and current tale set on the lonely border of Ukraine and Russia in the natural resource-rich Donetsk District, following pregnant Irka and her husband as their self-sufficient life is threatened by encroaching civil war.


On the lonely border of Ukraine and Russia in the Donetsk District, a raw and rural place, pregnant Irka and her husband live a self-sufficient life. They live by the seasons, canning beets and fruits and dreaming of home repair. But the war changed everything. Life has turned into a constant struggle against strangers, neighbors, and even family, and it is becoming impossible to tell friends from enemies. Director Maryna Er Gorback named her film Klondike to signify the fact that the Donbas region is the biggest and richest metallurgy area in Ukraine. The rush to occupy this region has its reasons like other territories rich in natural resources. Yet despite the encroaching civil war, this couple has no intention of moving. The repetition of rolling hill landscapes in light and shadow becomes familiar and we can begin to feel a love of the land. But who are the others that trespass and worse? One can’t be sure which side they are on until they are forced to choose. Without propaganda, without hero worship, the drama Klondike—set against the international air-crash catastrophe of July 17, 2014—is a very current, serious, scary, and fresh look at the conflicts on the Ukraine border.

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  • Director: Maryna Er Gorbach
  • Principal Cast: Oxana Cherkashyna, Sergey Shadrin, Oleg Scherbina, Oleg Shevchuk, Artur Aramyan, Evgenij Efremov
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Ukraine, Turkey
  • Year: 2022
  • Running Time: 100 min
  • Producer: Svyatoslav Bulakovskyi, Mehmet Bahadir Er, Maryna Er Gorbach
  • Screenplay: Maryna Er Gorbach
  • Cinematographers: Svyatoslav Bulakovskyi
  • Editors: Maryna Er Gorbach
  • Music: Zviad Mgebry
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Sundance Film Festival 2022 (World Cinema Dramatic Competition Directing Award), Berlin Film Festival 2022 (Ecumenical Jury Prize)
  • Filmography: Omar and Us (2019), Love Me (2013)
  • Language: Ukrainian, Russian, Chechen, Dutch
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Arthood Entertainment