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The barrage of images documenting the devastation across Ukraine since 2022 have sadly become too familiar. While residents live under the constant threat of violence, there are moments of stillness and peace that last until the next attack. Patiently observed scenes of interrupted domesticity and the senseless destruction that is a result of the invasion in reclaimed parts of the country form a visual framework over which an assembly of surreptitiously recorded phone conversations between Russian soldiers in the trenches and their loved ones are played. Subtle details in the images illustrate examples of resistance, while the anonymous voices of the troops display the callousness and inhumanity of those who have been dispatched to execute plans they did not conceive. Their casual recollections are savage confessions. Bringing together the destroyer and the destroyed with a shocking juxtaposition of what is seen and what is heard creates a constant tension that underlines the futility of a prolonged war and provides a vital opportunity for reflection and resolve.

Distributor: Les Films du 3 Mars

Sales Agent: Lightdox

Credits

  • Director(s)

    • Oksana Karpovych
  • Producer(s)

    • Rocío B. Fuentes
    • Giacomo Nudi
    • Pauline Tran Van Lieu
    • Lucie Rego
    • Darya Bassel
    • Olha Beskhmelnytsina
  • Writer(s)

    • Oksana Karpovych
  • Editor(s)

    • Charlotte Tourrès
  • Cinematography

    • Christopher Nunn
  • Composer

    • NFNR
  • Sound

    • Alex Lane
    • Artem Kosynskyi
  • Co-Production Companies

    • ARTE France
    • Génération Ukraine

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