* Sundance World Cinema Documentary Competition
* MoMA Doc Fortnight

* Biografilm - Bologna, Italy

The earth is blue as an orange

Press Review

"Iryna Tsilyk offers an intimate and surprisingly playful family’s eye view of life in the Ukraine warzone "
- by Amber Wilkinson, Screendaily

"Iryna Tsilyk's striking, Sundance-awarded documentary views the War in Donbass through the prism of a Ukrainian family's own filmmaking process."
- by Guy Lodge, Variety

"THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE not only becomes about how an ordinary family uses film to reframe their life, it also makes us question our attitude towards the subjects of narratives about war: Despite the danger and horror surrounding them, these people are not victims, or passive subjects. They seize the means of representation and find something true and beautiful within it — which in turn, of course, better captures the horror and tragedy swirling around them".
- Bilge Ebiri

"Iryna Tsilyk’s beautifully inquisitive film isn’t so much about war as it is about the art born out of war. Perhaps it was only a matter of time before our gaze was directed to the bloodiest corner of East Europe. THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE the first feature documentary from Ukraine to screen at the Sundance Film Festival, is a worthy addition to an elite league headlined by Restrepo, The White Helmets, For Sama and Midnight Traveller".
- Sundance

"With miraculous insight, THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE observes a family – and a filmmaker – cope with war using their cameras, working in tandem to create meaning out of a meaningless conflict."
- what (not) to doc , Sundance

The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

Category |Human Interest, Social Issues, Women, Youth
Year | 2020
Country | Ukraine
Running time | 73'
Format |
Production | Albatros Communicos Film Production, Moonmakers
Director | Iryna Tsilyk

Single mother Anna and her four children live in the front-line war zone of Donbas, Ukraine. While the outside world is made up of bombings and chaos, the family is managing to keep their home as a safe haven, full of life and full of light. Every member of the family has a passion for cinema, motivating them to shoot a film inspired by their own life during a time of war.

The creative process raises the question of what kind of power the magical world of cinema could have during times of disaster. How to picture war through fiction? For Anna and the children, transforming trauma into a work of art is the ultimate way to stay human.





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