Adrian was born in the year of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and his mother always believed that his glaucoma and partial blindness were caused by her visit to Chernobyl while she was six months pregnant. Adrian is almost thirty – lonely and without a purpose. After his mother reveals the story of his birth, he decides to go to Ukraine to make a film about people affected by the Chernobyl catastrophy and find a way to feel better about himself. In Kyiv, he meets Helena who grew up in Ukraine with the consequences of the disaster. They become romantically involved and Adrian discovers that Helena is dealing with chronic pain and needs to constantly maintain her health. After she quits her job in IT marketing and gets complicated back surgery they also become partners in making the film. Traveling together they find people who are dealing with the effects of what happened in 1986, but as they discover the scale of Chernobyl’s impact on a new generation, their health problems catch up with them and they have to divert their plans. During nearly five years, they try to find out if they can be together.
Romania, Ukraine /2020
Helena Maksyom, Adrian Pîrvu
Adrian Pîrvu, Helena Maksyom, Denis Melnik, Radu Gorgos
Alexandru Solomon, Ada Solomon / Hi Films Productions
2020 – Transilvania IFF: FIPRESCI Award, 2020 – Astra FF: Best Directing Award – Romanian Competition, 2020 – Odessa IFF: Best Ukrainian Feature Film, Best Directors – Ukrainian Feature Film Competition, 2020 – IDFA Amsterdam
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