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2023 / 100' / Ukraine, France, Poland, United States

Donbas, 2019. The prospect of a new Russian invasion hangs in the air, while the sound of the gunfire resulting from the old one can still be heard in the distance. In this seemingly bleak wartime setting, five teenagers start to think seriously about their future. Their energy, enthusiasm, and hope allow them to fully live out their last golden hours of childhood despite the circumstances. The members of this imaginative band of dreamers paint, take photographs, fantasise about acting careers, or becoming the next Elon Musk. They rebel, ride the waves of adventure, walk into minefields and sunbathe by a local lake. They dream of escaping not only from the war, but also – like teenagers all over the world – from the boredom of a small town. Then, an opportunity to embark on a long journey all the way to Nepal unexpectedly arises. Will their dream of conquering the world come true?


Screenings schedule:

24.08, 13:30, Ivan Mykolaichuk Cultural Center (140 Holovna Street, Chernivtsi)

24.08, 19:30, Chernivtsi Concert Hall (10 Universitetska Street, Chernivtsi)




Alisa Kovalenko is a Ukrainian director, a member of the European Film Academy. She graduated from Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Karyi Theatre, Cinema and Television University (Documentary Film Directing program) and Andrzej Wajda School in Warsaw. Her full-length documentaries Alice in Warland and Home Games have been screened at nearly 100 international film festivals and won 14 awards. In the summer of 2018, as the chief editor and co-director, she released a 10-episode documentary series about women's football in Ukraine, which was broadcasted on Current Time TV (Czech Republic) and UA: Pershyi (Ukraine).

Selected filmography

  • Alisa in Warland (2015),

  • Home Games (2018),


Producer: Valery Kalmykov, Yana Kalmykova, Oleksiy Kobelev

DOP: Alisa Kovalenko, Serhiy Stetsenko

Sound: Mariia Nesterenko

Production: Valery Kalmykov, Yana Kalmykova, Oleksiy Kobelev (Trueman Production), in co-production with Katarzyna Kuczyńska, Tomasz Morawski (HAKA Films) and Stephane Siohan (East Roads Films)

Sales agent: East Roads Films, Stéphane Siohan,,


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