The couple Irka and Tolika are expecting their first child in Donetsk near the Russian border, an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists. The year is 2014 and it is then on July 17 that the passenger plane Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is shot down and 298 people die. Parts of the airplane land in Irka and Tolik’s garden and tear down a wall in their house. Irka, who is about to give birth, is left with a house without walls, a broken pram and soon also without both cow and chickens. But leaving his home is not simple, especially as Tolika himself seems to belong to the pro-Russian separatists – or is it a survival strategy?
The film is a strong depiction of how war and conflict affect and change people’s lives. Klondike has been awarded prizes at Sundance and Berlinale and is this year’s Oscar entry for Ukraine. A must see during this year’s festival.