On 17 July 2014, a Malaysia Airlines flight is shot out of the sky east of Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists. None of the 298 occupants survive. Klondike takes off on that particular black day. Irka and Tolik’s farm is close enough to the disaster area to share in the debris. Tolik wants his heavily pregnant wife to leave the war zone as soon as possible, but Irka refuses.
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“With long-held shots, an imploring rhythm and a slow-moving camera, she searches for and finds a pinch of poetry in the brutal reality that has marked life on the Ukrainian-Russian border for years.” — De Morgen
“With slow camera movements, the filmmaker allows her frames to develop into haunting spectacles in which tensions between Russian separatists and Ukrainian nationalists mount dangerously” — Humo