The Earth Is Blue as an Orange
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    The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

    Directed by

    Ukraine, Lithuania

    2020

    74 min

    • Russian
    • Ukrainian

    Documentary

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    The Earth is Blue as an Orange” is the story about a family living in the front-line warzone of Donbas, Ukraine. While the outside world is made of bombings and chaos, single mother Anna and her four children have managed to keep their house as a safe haven, full of life and full of light. Every member of the family has a passion for cinema, driving them to shoot, edit and screen a film inspired by their own life at a time of war. Does art have the power in war times?

    Awards

    • Directing Award (World Cinema Documentary) - Sundance FF
    • Hera “New Talent” Award - Biografilm Festival 2020
    • Best First Film - Zinebi

    Festivals

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    Credits

    Cinematography
    Viacheslav Tsvietkov
    Editing
    Ivan Bannikov
    Sales
    CAT&DOCS
    Production
    ALBATROS COMMUNICOS
    Production
    MOONMAKERS

    Press

    Through their collective artistic project, a single mother and her four children cope with life inside a war zone.

    Modern Times Review

    Iryna Tsilyk

    Iryna Tsilyk

    Ukraine

    I keep coming back to the same themes in fiction and documentary films: the balancing between war and peace and the image of home and family as a safe haven or fortress (even if it is not so). Maybe, a psychotherapist could give me some answers. But for the time being, I keep walking in circles looking for them myself.

    Born in 1982 in Kyiv, Tsilyk is a Ukrainian filmmaker and writer. She is the author of eight books published in Ukraine (which include poetry, prose, and children’s books). THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE (2020) is her debut feature-length documentary.