Cinema in the Shadow of Empire: KLONDIKE (2022)


Location: DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (View on map )

Please note the NEW screening time of 7 p.m.

Maryna Er Gorbach, the writer and director of KLONDIKE, is scheduled to give a virtual appearance.

Ukraine’s official entry for best international film at the 95th Academy Awards
100 minutes
Not Rated

July 2014. Expectant parents Irka and Tolik live in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine near the Russian border, disputed territory in the early days of the Donbas war. Their nervous anticipation of their first child’s birth is violently disrupted as the vicinal crash of flight MH17 elevates the forbidding tension enveloping their village. The looming wreckage of the downed airliner and an incoming parade of mourners emphasize the surreal trauma of the moment.

As Tolik’s separatist friends expect him to join their efforts, Irka’s brother is enraged by suspicions that the couple has betrayed Ukraine. Irka refuses to be evacuated even as the village gets captured by armed forces, and she tries to make peace between her husband and brother by asking them to repair their bombed house.

About the Director

After studying in Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema & Television University (Ukraine), Maryna Er Gorbach graduated from Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing (Poland). Since 2017 Gorbach has been a member of the European Film Academy.


Film screenings are free, but tickets are required. Contact the DeBartolo Performing Arts ticket office at 574-631-2800 or order tickets online.


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