A documentary film from Ukraine, summer 14.

In this film war is an atmosphere, rather than journalistic facts. Through music we visit all layers of society. In the form of a poem we show how it feels when your country is in an invincible conflict.

Two friends on the floor
proud pine trees and current rivers
grenades without detonation.
In the staircase dust is dancing.
Women bring home sunflowers.

Deafening silent is Ukraine,
before the boys are leaving.
War is strange,
people try to make sense,
in this place we call our home.

“War” is normally understood as action, and the images we think of are the ones from a battlefield. In this film, “war” is something else. It is depicted as most people will experience it; something out of your control, far away from you, something you worry about. A worry you try to suppress, while trying to continue living. Something that might separate you from someone near to you.

With a main focus on imagery over dialog and with a fragmented storyline, the film depicts the conflict in Ukraine, and how it affects everyday life of those who stay at home; of those who is waiting.

Director's Biography

Thora Lorentzen (born in 1986) and Sybilla Marie Wester Tuxen (born in 1990) study documentary filmmaking at the National Film School of Denmark (2013-2017).

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Thora Lorentzen, Sybilla Marie Wester Tuxen

Produced by: Thora Lorentzen, Sybilla Marie Wester Tuxen

Cinematography: Thora Lorentzen, Sybilla Marie Wester Tuxen

Editing: Mik Stampe

Original Score: Nikita Ogurtsov

Sound Design: Mathias Dehn

Nominations and Awards

  • European Short Film 2015