Archive of films Klondike / Klondike

Ukraine / Turkey
2022, 100 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2022

Irka and Tolik live in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border. It is July 2014, and they continue to hope that the thing which is slowly eating away at their house and their souls – and into which their child will soon be born – is not war. This portrait of people who lose the right to make any decisions about their lives has only grown in urgency since its triumphant premiere at Sundance.


In July 2014, many people still believed that the situation in the Donbas would soon calm down again. Irka, who is expecting a child, also stubbornly refuses to abandon her home, but she has no idea that her decision to defend her right to stay will come at great cost. Emotionally torn between her passively pro-Russian husband and her actively anti-separatist brother, she doesn’t begin to understand the laws of war until it is too late. The mastery with which Maryna Er Gorbach filmed her evocative drama based on true events was confirmed by a Best Director award at the Sundance festival. The filmmaker presents the story of a mother responsible for a future life through carefully composed shots in which each frame evokes the destructive force of war.

Kamila Dolotina

About the director

Maryna Er Gorbach (1981, Kyiv, Ukraine). Filmography: With her husband Mehmet Bahadir Er she co-directed the feature films Black Dogs Barking (Kara Köpekler Havlarken, 2009), No Ofsayt (2009), Love Me (Sev beni, 2013), Omar and Us (2019).


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Maryna Er Gorbach
Screenplay: Maryna Er Gorbach
Dir. of Photography: Sviatoslav Bulakovskyi
Music: Zviad Mgebry
Sound: Srdjan Kurpjel
Editor: Maryna Er Gorbach
Art Director: Marketa Korinkova-Taplin
Producer: Maryna Er Gorbach, Mehmet Bahadir Er, Sviatoslav Bulakovskyi
Production: KEDR FILM, Protim V.P.
Cast: Oxana Cherkashyna, Sergiy Shadrin, Oleg Scherbina, Oleg Shevchuk, Artur Aramyan, Evgenij Efremov
Sales: ArtHood Entertainment GmbH


Maryna Er Gorbach

Film Director


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