A man repairs his fishing net and goes out to a bridge. Two trams run into each other – nobody is hurt and cables are fixed the same day. A small concert is given for factory workers and the sincere performance of a violinist makes them cry. The explosions are heard all around the city’s perimeters. Everyday life is defined by bomb threats in Mariupol, a city in the Ukraine by the Sea of Azov. The city seems calm but the encroaching conflict between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian government forces is tangible everywhere. A theatre ensemble is rehearsing a piece to commemorate Victory Day on 9 May; as they put their hearts into practicing their song and dance routines, they hope their city will not be seized on the opening night. The daughter of a cobbler tries her hand at being a war reporter in front of a camera while her father discusses his faith with his female customers. Life goes on, accompanied by the tolling bells from the Orthodox Church and the squealing of the tram. Mantas Kvedaravičius focuses his camera on a conflict zone and accompanies the people who live there. Everyday life develops a poetics of its own.
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Focus on Ukraine
Silver Crane Best Documentary Award, 2016.
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