Heavily pregnant Irka lives with her husband Tolik in a village in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. It is July 2014 and fighting is taking place on the nearby Russian-Ukrainian border. A wall is missing in the living room of their house, having fallen victim to the hostilities. This exposes a view of the barren landscape which is becoming a theatre of war. Even so, Irka refuses to leave her home. While Tolik’s separatist friends expect him to join their fight, Irka’s brother accuses him of betraying Ukraine. When a Malaysian Airlines plane crashes nearby, Irka and Tolik initially think of it as another act of war. But the shooting down of passenger flight MH17 by a Russian defence missile is an accident.
Director Maryna Er Gorbach unfolds her sensitive family drama against the backdrop of a military conflict. Skilfully interweaving the personal and political story of the conflict in Ukraine and making good use of a carefully probing camera and excellent actors, she provides a powerful portrait of the banal horror of war.
by Maryna Er Gorbach
with Oxana Cherkashyna, Sergiy Shadrin, Oleg Scherbina, Oleg Shevchuk, Artur Aramyan, Evgenij Efremov
Ukraine / Turkey 2022 Ukrainian,  Russian,  Chechen,  Dutch 100’ Colour


  • Oxana Cherkashyna (Irka)
  • Sergiy Shadrin (Tolik)
  • Oleg Scherbina (Yaryk)
  • Oleg Shevchuk (Sanya)
  • Artur Aramyan (Mercenary Commander)
  • Evgenij Efremov (Chief)


Written and Directed byMaryna Er Gorbach
CinematographySviatoslav Bulakovskyi
EditingMaryna Er Gorbach
MusicZviad Mgebry
Sound DesignSrdjan Kurpjel
Production DesignMariia Denysenko, Vitaliy Sudarkov, Andrii Hrechyshkin
CostumesViktoria Filipova
Make-UpKseniya Halchenko
CastingTetyana Symon
Assistant DirectorNikita Kozlov
ProducersMaryna Er Gorbach, Mehmet Bahadir Er, Sviatoslav Bulakovskyi
Executive ProducerIvan Tkachenko

Produced by

Kedr Film

Protim V.P

World Sales

Protim V.P

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Maryna Er Gorbach

The Ukrainian director studied at the Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University and subsequently at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing in Poland. She has been a member of the European Film Academy since 2017. She made the films Black Dogs Barking, Love Me and Omar and Us together with her husband Mehmet Bahadir Er. Klondike is the first film she has written and directed alone.


2009 Kara Köpekler Havlarken (Black Dogs Barking); co-director: Mehmet Bahadir Er 2013 Luby Mene (Love Me); co-director: Mehmet Bahadir Er 2019 Omar ve Biz (Omar and Us); co-director: Mehmet Bahadir Er 2022 Klondike

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022