Nina, 30, a Ukrainian language teacher who can’t leave the city of Luhansk, occupied by separatists in Eastern Ukraine, is forced to undergo retraining courses for teaching Russian. Andrii, 17, is a student who was orphaned in the aftermath of the war. They cross paths when Nina witnesses Andrii being arrested by the police after hanging the Ukrainian flag from the roof of his school. Nina knows that because they live in a world of injustice and lies Andrii can stay in jail for a long time, and she risks her life to free him. As they gravitate towards each other, they try to remind people in the occupied territories that they deserve a future, too.
The world premiere of the film took place in October 2019 at the 35th Warsaw International Film Festival as part of the “1-2” competition program (“Competition of the first and second feature films by the young directors”), where the film was awarded the Special Jury Prize.
Daria Onyshchenko was born in Kiev, Ukraine. In 2013 she graduated from the University of Television and Film in Munich, Germany, wrote and directed a number of scripts and award-winning short films. In 2014 she completed her first feature film EASTALGIA (drama, 104 min., Ukraine/Germany/Serbia), that was very successful at many international festivals and in distribution.
2018-2019 Daria did her second feature film THE FORGOTTEN (drama, 102 min., Ukraine/Switzerland). The film was awarded as the Project with the biggest international potential during Odessa IFF, work in progress, had its world premiere in the competition of the 35th Warsaw IFF in October 2019 and got special Jury Award there. At the moment THE FORGOTTEN is travelling through the other festivals worldwide. Daria is a member of the German directing agency „Above the Line“ and a member of the Ukrainian Film Academy.
|Actors||Maryna Koshkina, Daniil Kamenskyi, Vasyl Kuharskyi, Oleksii Gorbunov, Maria Kulikovska, Anastasia Halpahchi|