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1 May
Sun, May 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm PT

Guests Expected

Actress Oksana Cherkashyna is expected to attend.


Armed conflict hits home in the most vivid way imaginable when mortar fire decimates one wall of the farmhouse belonging to married Ukrainian couple Irka and Tolik. A subsequent plane crash nearby leaves the couple wondering if they should relocate but stubbornness sets in over being driven from their home by external forces. Winner of the Directing Award in Sundance’s World Cinema Dramatic competition and based on real events, Klondike unveils its harrowing story in striking widescreen compositions, often framed by the shattered space of Irka and Tolik’s living room. Set in 2014 when conflict in the Donbas region began, Maryna Er Gorbach’s powerful drama takes on even greater pertinence as a precursor to the current war in Ukraine.

Director Maryna Er Gorbach

After first studying at Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University in her native Ukraine, Maryna Er Gorbach graduated from Poland’s Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing. Klondike (2022) is her first solo feature. In partnership with her husband, Mehmet Bahadir Er, she previously made Black Dogs Barking (2009), No Ofsayt (2009), Love Me (2013), and Omar and Us (2019). Of Klondike, she says, “In the crisis in Ukraine, which is now in the news again, my film brings the viewer to the ‘backstage’ of the news.”



Film Details

Language Ukrainian, Russian, Chechen, Dutch

Year 2022

Premiere California

Runtime 100

Country Ukraine, Turkey

Director Maryna Er Gorbach

Producer Maryna Er Gorbach, Mehmet Bahadir Er, Svyatoslav Bulakovskyi

Writer Maryna Er Gorbach

Editor Maryna Er Gorbach

Cinematographer Svyatoslav Bulakovskyi

Music Zviad Mgebry

Cast Oksana Cherkashyna, Sergiy Shadrin, Oleg Scherbina

Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio description is not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.