International Competition

The Earth is Blue as an Orange

Iryna Tsylik
Screening time  
13.06. / Sunday, 20:00 - 22:00  
14.06. / Monday, 15:00 - 17:00 Ticket
20.06. / Sunday, 12:00 - 14:00 Ticket

When poet/filmmaker Iryna Tsilyk first visits the Trofymchuk-Gladky family home in the war-zone town of Krasnohorivka, Ukraine, she is surprised by what she finds: while the outside world is made up of bombings and chaos, single mother Anna and her four children are 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, so it feels natural 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 might have during times of disaster, and how to picture war through the camera’s lens. For Anna and the children, transforming trauma into a work of art is the ultimate way to stay human.


Iryna Tsylik

Iryna Tsilyk, born in 1982 in Kyiv, is a Ukrainian filmmaker and writer. She graduated from Kyiv National University of Theatre, Cinematography and Television in TV directing in 2005. Her previous short fiction and documentary films were presented and awarded at various international film festivals. She is the author and director of several short fiction and documentary films. The Earth Is Blue as an Orange is her debut feature-length documentary. Tsilyk is the author of eight books published in Ukraine which include poetry, prose, and children’s books. 

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The Earth is Blue as an Orange

Ukraine, Lithuania
2020, 74'

Directed by:
Iryna Tsylik

Screenplay by:
Irina Cilik

Vjačeslav Cvjetkov

Edited by:
Ivan Banikov, Irina Cilik

Ana Kapustina, Giedrė Žickytė

Produced by:
Albatros Communicos, Moonmakers

Festivals & Awards:

Sundance Film Festival 2020 – Directing Award World Cinema – Documentary
Seattle International Film Festival 2020 – Documentary Competition Grand Jury Prize
Docudays International Documentary Human Rights Film Festival 2020 – DOCU/UKRAINE Best Film, DOCU/WORLD Best Film
Dokufest 2020 – Human Rights Award 
Tallgrass International Film Festival 2020 – DOXX Spotlight Award
Biografilm Festival 2020 – Hera Award Best Debut Film
Tempo Dokumentärfestival 2020 – The Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award for the best international documentary
International Documentary Association 2021 – IDA Award Best Cinematography
Ukrainian Film Critics Awards 2020 – Ukrainian Film Critics Award Kinokolo Best Documentary, Discovery of the Year
Zurich Film Festival 2020 – Special Mention International Documentary Film
International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 2020 – Human Rights Film Award – Special Mention        
Millennium Docs Against Gravity 2020 – Award for Best Cinematography, Bydgoszcz ART.DOC Award, Grand Prix Bank Millenium Award 
Reykjavik International Film Festival 2020 – Special Mention
ZINEBI International Film Festival 2020 – Best Film
Berlin International Film Festival 2020
Adelaide Film Festival 2020