US Sundance film festival awards go to two Ukraine-produced movies

1 February 2022, 05:19 AM

Ukrainian director Maryna Er Gorbach has won an award for the film “Klondike” in the World Feature Film (Drama) category at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, according to the Ukrainian State Film Agency. 

The Danish-Ukrainian-Swedish-produced film “A House Made of Splinters” also won an award at the festival.

“Klondike” tells the story of a family caught up in the tragedy of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 shoot down on July 17, 2014 in the village of Hrabove, Donetsk Oblast. The protagonists, Irka and Tolik, are expecting their first child as war breaks into their lives, along with the wreckage of a crashed Boeing. Irka refuses to evacuate, even when the village is captured by Russian proxy forces.

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The lead roles were played by Oksana Cherkashyna (“Bad Roads”), Serhii Shadryn (“Black Raven”) and Oleh Shcherbyna (“Cherkasy”).

“A House Made of Splinters” looks into the lives of several social workers in the Donbas who work in a very special orphanage, and strive to create a safe space for children amidst the ashes of war.

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