The film portrays life in one of the most troubled regions in contemporary Europe, the Donbass in Eastern Ukraine, and it was awarded Best Director in the Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section in 2018.
The film was produced by Heino Deckert through Germany’s Ma.ja.de. Fiction in coproduction with Denys Ivanov through Ukraine’s Arthouse Traffic, Marianne Dumoulin and Jacques Bidou through France’s JBA Production, Marc van Warmerdam through the Dutch Graniet Film, Peter Warnier through the Dutch Wild at Art, and Cristian Nicolescu through Romania’s Digital Cube.The Dutch company Atoms & Void is the associate producer. Eurimages and the CNC’s World Cinema Support supported the project. Pyramide is handling the sales.