Iryna Tsilyk offers an intimate and surprisingly playful family’s eye view of life in the Ukraine warzone in her debut feature documentary, which focuses on the Trofymchuk-Gladky clan. Mother Anna and her four children – teenagers Myroslava, Anastasiia, and their younger brothers Vladyslav and Stanislav – are, in turn, offering their own view of their circumstances through a short fiction film, 2014, that they’re working on.
Amber Wilkinson, Screen Daily
As in last year’s Oscar-nominated Syrian war diary For Sama, the medium of documentary is itself under scrutiny here, serving not just as our window into the subjects’ lives but their own malleable survival strategy. Playfully self-reflexive even as it surveys the Donbass damage with grave candor, this inspired approach deservedly netted Tsilyk a directing prize at Sundance, though it’s finally a film steered by multiple creative perspectives.
Guy Lodge, Variety