In a Southern Ukrainian city, the people are out to celebrate an important national holiday. Old and new symbols, the search for identity, and an opportunity for understanding between people who are growing more and more distant from each other, although they live on neighbouring streets… Holiday is a portrait of a city and its people. Set in the backdrop of monumental changes within the country and the consciousness of its people, it is a film about a search for identity: how is it possible to continue to live with one foot stuck in the Soviet past, and with the other moving towards Europe?
Zhanna Maksymenko-Dovhych graduated from the Institute of Journalism at the Shevchenko National University in Kyiv. She worked on television as a producer, editor, screenwriter (1+1, New Channel, STB, First National Channel, Ukraine Broadcasting). Her films have won awards at several Ukrainian film festivals.
Anita, Rita, Ricardo and Andrés have been attending a school for children with Down syndrome for 40 years. After all this time, they are starting to tire of this safe, familiar environment. Now over 45 years old, some of them feel that working in the school bakery is no longer a challenge. They also yearn for freedom on a more personal level. Anita and Andrés are in love but still live with their families. They dream of finding a quiet place to be alone together, and they want to get married and raise a family. Sadly, the society they live in is not equipped to cater to their desire for more independence. In spite of the training they receive on becoming ‘responsible adults’, all four of them remain dependent on others to make decisions for them, much to their frustration.
Maite Alberdi is a Chilean director and producer. She studied Film and Aesthetics at the Universidad Católica de Chile. As a director she has developed a highly particular style that achieves an intimate portrayal of the characters she works with, through everyday stories in small-scale worlds. At IDFA in 2011 she premiered her first feature film The Lifeguard. Through Micromundo, her production company, she directed her film Tea Time which premiered at IDFA 2014.