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Biélorussie, 2020

Original music : Dmitry Friga Production : Belarus Film

Programmed by Lysa Heurtier Manzanares





Yulia, Alesia and Olya are three Belarusian sisters. They grew up in perfect harmony with their environment where they continue to live, engaging in fishing and subsistence farming. Daria Yurkevich frames this innocent existence magnificently, in a “paradise” located… not far from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

Tënk's opinion

For her first feature film, Belarusian director Daria Yurkevich returns after 25 years’ absence to the area around Chernobyl where her grandparents lived before they were displaced after the nuclear disaster there. To address the consequences of this ecological and health catastrophe, she trains her camera on the living, following three sisters from a poor rural family. Through their everyday lives, she shows us what lives on: leaving for school, problems with SIM cards and household chores, but also the survival of nature around them. She films the fields and the forests in shots of gentle, dreamy light where, chimera-like, wild and domestic animals emerge. Slipping into the heart of this scene of peaceful, preserved life are the fatal vestiges of the nuclear power plant accident. Death from radiation is also a fact of life here, mentioned without drama but charged with the pain of powerlessness.

Lysa Heurtier Manzanares

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