Land of Oblivion
Spring has come to Pripyat, a town of 50,000 in the Ukraine countryside. On April 25, in 1986, little Valery plants an apple tree with the help of his father Alexei, a scientist. Anya and Piotr celebrate their marriage with friends and relatives. An explosion in the nearby nuclear plant in Chernobyl, followed by heavy rain showers, shakes the local community that, oblivious of the dangers, is evacuated only four days later. Piotr takes part in the fire fighters’ operations. Ten years later, in an apocalyptic scenario, Anya returns to the deserted places as a tour guide. Piotr never went back home. Alexei is missing. Valery, now a young man, searches for his stolen past. For all the survivors, nothing will ever be the same.
Michale Boganim (b. 1974 in Israel) studied anthropology at the Sorbonne in Paris. She completed her studies in philosophy and history at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University before going on to study directing at the National Film and Television School in England. She directed the short film "Mémoires incertaines" (2002) and the documentary "Odessa… Odessa!" (2005) latter of which was selected for the Berlin film festival, Sundance, Rotterdam and more than 50 festivals around the world. "Land of Oblivion" (2011) is her fiction feature debut.
Selected filmography: "Mémoires incertaines" (2002, short), "Odessa… Odessa!" (2005, doc, "Kino pavasaris"), "Land of Oblivion" (2011, "Kino pavasaris").
- Year: 2011
- Country: France, Germany, Poland, Ukraine
- Runtime: 105 min.
- Director: Michale Boganim
- Screenwriter: Michale Boganim
- Actors: Olga Kurylenko, Illya Iosivof, Andrzej Chyra, Vyacheslav Slanko
- Producers: Laetitia Gonzalez, Yael Fogiel, Hanneke Van der Tas, Dariusz Jablonski
- Cinematographers: Yorgos Arvanitis, Antoine Heberlé
- Company: Le Pacte
- Dialogs: Russian, Ukrainian, French
- Subtitles: Lithuanian, English
- Classification: T
- IMDB rating: 6.1