The Earth is Blue as an Orange

Lithuania, Ukraine
Documentary, Feature
Anna Kapustina, Giedrė Žickytė
73 min
Iryna Tsilyk
RIFF 2020

Single mother Anna and her four children live in the front-line war zone of Donbass, Ukraine. While the outside world is full of bombings and chaos, the family is managing to keep their home a safe haven, full of life and full of light. Every member of the family has a passion for cinema, motivating them to shoot a film inspired by their own life during a time of war.

Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary at Sundance Film Festival 2020
Official Program of 2020, Berlinale Generation 14+

Bonus Content: An introduction video to The Earth is Blue as an Orange by the director Iryna Tsilyk is available on Riff@home

Iryna Tsilyk
Iryna Tsilyk


Director's statement

“When we were shooting the last scene of the film (the “premiere scene”), we had a very special, and again, very surreal moment. I was watching the film of my characters together with the viewers, and there were the sounds of shelling in their film. And then I came out to the corridor for a while and I heard the real sounds of shelling from outside. It is something really ordinary for this town. You can hear these sounds almost every night there.

But that was a very special moment when I realized that sounds from the film and sounds from reality had crossed over each other. It is the same with our lives and my life, too. I’m the filmmaker and I come to Donbas to make my films, yes. But at the same time, I feel deeply connected with this region and their way of living. And I am asking myself–where is that thin line between art and reality? And I still don’t have any answers.”