The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

Palm Springs Cultural Center presents The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

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Krasnohorivka: a town on the front lines of the war-torn region of Eastern Ukraine. When poet/filmmaker Iryna Tsilyk first visits the Trofymchuk-Gladky family home, she is surprised by what she finds: while the outside world is made up of bombings and chaos, single mother Anna and her four children are managing to keep their home as a safe haven, full of life and full of light. Every member of the family has a passion for cinema, so it feels natural for them to shoot a film inspired by their own life during a time of war. The creative process raises the question of what kind of impact cinema might have during times of disaster, and how to picture war through the camera’s lens. For Anna and the children, transforming trauma into a work of art is the ultimate way to stay human.


Winner of the Directing Award for World Cinema Documentary at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, THE EARTH IS AS BLUE AS AN ORANGE stands not only as a remarkable document of the Russo-Ukrainian War through the lens - literally - of this family's creative process, but as an optimistic testament to the power of art and beauty in the face of destruction.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    74 minutes
  • Language
    Russian, Ukrainian
  • Country
    Ukraine
  • Director
    Iryna Tsilyk
  • Screenwriter
    Iryna Tsilyk
  • Producer
    Giedrė Žickytė, Anna Kapustina
  • Cast
    Hanna Hladka, Stanislav Hladkyi, Anastasiia Trofymchuk
  • Cinematographer
    Viacheslav Tsvetkov
  • Editor
    Iryna Tsilyk, Ivan Bannikov
  • Sound Design
    Jonas Maksvytis