Maryna Er Gorbach
Fri 21 Apr 23 - Sat 29 Apr 23
  • Caution with children up to 16 years of age
  • Violence

A Ukrainian couple lives at the border with Russia during the start of the armed conflict in the Donbas. Although the war is creeping closer, the very pregnant Irka refuses to leave her house.

Irka and Tolik live in the Donetsk region right by the Russian border. Their house is in the middle of a disputed area. Tensions in their village flare high when a Malaysia Airlines passenger flight is mercilessly shot down by pro-Russian troops. Instead of fleeing, Irka, her husband and her brother try to rebuild their bombed house.

‘Klondike’ is a painfully relevant film about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The scenario is peppered with whiffs of dark humour. Director Maryna Er Gorbach conveys the war from within and places the personal setbacks of regular citizens against the backdrop of an international catastrophe. At the heart of the film is one of the darkest days in aviation history: the crash of Flight 17 of Malaysia Airlines.

Maryna Er Gorbach
Oksana Cherkashyna, Sergey Shadrin, Oleg Shcherbina
100 min
Ukraine, Turkeu
Ukrainian, Russian, Dutch
Dutch, French
  • Caution with children up to 16 years of age
  • Violence

Gorbach expertly balances levity in the midst of all this trauma, with Cherkashyna's comic timing the glue.