Ukraine / OmeU / 74 Min /Documentary / 2020

The Earth is Blue as an Orange

When poet/filmmaker Iryna Tsilyk first visits the Trofymchuk-Gladky family home in the war-zone town of Krasnohorivka, Ukraine, 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 to shoot a film inspired by their own life during a time of war. The creative process raises the question of what kind of power the magical world of 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.

Director: Iryna Tsilyk

Cinematography: Viacheslav Tsvietkov

Editing: Ivan Bannikov

Music: Jonas Maksvytis

With: Ganna Gladka, MyroslavaTrofymchuk, AnastasiiaTrofymchuk, VladyslavTrofymchuk, Stanislav Gladky, Olena Gladka, Olga Gladka, Danylo Dydenko

Produced by: CAT&DOCS

Iryna Tsilyk

Iryna Tsilyk graduated from the Karpenko-Kary State School of Theater and Film with a degree in Television Directing in 2005. Her previous short fiction and documentary films have been presented and awarded at various international film festivals. In addition, Tsilyk has worked as a writer, and some of her works have been translated into different languages and presented at various international literary festivals.


2021 Ich und Felix

2020 The Earth is Blue as an Orange

2017 Invisible Battalion

2017 Kid & Tayra

2016 Home

2012 Commemoration

2008 Blue Hour