Russian war changed the lives of Ukrainian filmmakers entirely. Some are at the frontline, some volunteering or trying to take care of their kids, but everybody is reflecting. What is the picture the war reveals?
After full scale invasion to Ukraine in February 2022 lives of Ukrainian filmmakers changed dramatically. Making films and art suddenly became a big dilemma for the community, live priorities changed for all of them and the choices they must make too. The film follows several characters who have to make their choices under new life-threatening circumstances. Maryna Stepanska, film director, meets her friends and colleagues and talks about the experience filmmakers are going through. Alisa Kovalenko, film director, voluntarily went to the frontline leaving her little son and husband back home; Oleg Sentsov, film director, after 5 years in Russian prison goes to the frontline putting his career on hold; cinematographers Serhiy Mykhalchuk, Yuriy Gruzinov and producer Volodymyr Yatsenko started to document war crimes from the first day of invasion; Roman Lubiy, film director, started volunteering and then decided to train as a sniper; family of cinematographers Elena Chekhovskaya and Mykhail Markov survived occupation in Irpin, escaped and then return to a destroyed house with their children; Yaroslav Pilunski, cinematographer, joined air intelligence leaving behind his projects. Sooner or later the phrase “I no longer see the point in films” comes from all of them. They all used to transform reality into images, but now are forced to leave the reality they couldn’t imagine they might meet. The film is a mosaic of conversations, observations and reflections.