Ukraine, 2019. , 106′
Eastern Ukraine, in the nearest future. A desert unsuitable for human habitation. Sergiy, a former soldier suffering from PTSD, is having trouble adapting to his new reality: a life in pieces, a land in ruins. When the smelter he works at finally shuts down, he finds an unexpected way to cope joining the volunteer Black Tulip mission dedicated to exhuming war corpses. By working alongside Katya, he understands that a better future is possible. Will he learn to live without war and accept himself as he is?
Valentyn Vasyanovych is a Ukrainian director, producer and DOP. He was born in 1971 in Zhytomyr, Ukraine and graduated from The National University of theatre, cinema and television of Karpenko-Kary as cinematographer (1995) and documentary filmmaker (2000), as well as from The Wajda School in Poland (2007).In 2004, he gained recognition as a documentary filmmaker – his short documentary ‘AGAINST THE SUN’ received the Jury Prize at Clermont-Ferrand IFF, the Grand Prix at Nancy FF, mention of the jury at the Toronto IFF and several other awards. His full-length documentary ‘PRYSMERK’ was awarded Special Mention at Docudays FF in Kiev and recieved the Golden Duke as the best Ukrainian film at Odesa IFF in 2015. In 2012, he made his debut feature ‘BUSINESS AS USUAL’ (Odessa IFF, Special Jury Mention, FICC award). His second feature film KREDENS film received the FIPRESCI prize at Odesa IFF and went on to be long-listed for the Academy Awards 2018.In 2014, Valentyn Vasyanovych worked as a producer and DOP on Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s ‘THE TRIBE’, which became the biggest international success of Ukrainian film, winning the Grand Prize at Cannes’ Critics week and more than 40 other prizes around the globe.