Olena is going home, to the village on the frontline in the ‘grey zone’ of the Donetsk region where she spent her childhood. In the garden, her brother has planted mustard to prevent weeds from getting into their neighbours’ garden. The girl lies down in the prickly grass and recalls how big and tasty the apricots, cherries, pears used to be...
Piotr Armianovski was born in 1985 in Donetsk. He is a performer and a director. He started his artistic work in the Zhuki chamber theatre studio (2003). Later, he performed with Marina Abramović and Janusz Bałdyga. Since the war conflict started in his home city, Piotr focuses on documentary filmmaking.
A locked door inside a Belgrade apartment has kept one family separated from their past for over 70 years. As the filmmaker begins an intimate conversation with her mother, the political fault-line running through their home reveals a house and a country haunted by history. The chronicle of a family in Serbia turns into a searing portrait of an activist in times of great turmoil, questioning the responsibility of each generation to fight for their future.
Mila Turajlić is a documentary filmmaker from Belgrade, Serbia, whose film Cinema Komunisto premiered at IDFA and the Tribeca Film Festival, and went on to win 15 awards including top prize at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2011, and the FOCAL Award for Creative Use of Archival Footage. After obtaining a degree in Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics, she specialised in documentary filmmaking at La Fémis in Paris and gained experience working on series for Discovery and ARTE, as well as fiction films (Apocalypto by Mel Gibson, Brothers Bloom by Rian Johnson). She is an alumna of EURODOC, Berlin Talent Campus, Discovery Campus, and teaches at Archidoc and the Balkan Documentary Center. Mila produces the Magnificent 7 Festival of European Documentary Films in Belgrade, and is a founder and the first president of DokSerbia.