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Maryna Er Gorbach

Klondike (Клондайк)

Director Maryna Er Gorbach Composer Zviad Mgebry Cast Oksana Cherkashyna, Sergey Shadrin, Oleg Shcherbina
100' - 2022 - War, Drama - Dialogue: Ukrainian, Dutch, Russian
The impact of war on ordinary civilians is powerfully portrayed in Klondike, a look at life in Donbass in 2014, following the seizure of power by Russian-backed insurgents.
Klondike shows war from the inside. At times absurd, but above all chillingly realistic.

July 2014. Expectant parents Irka and Tolik live in the Donetskregion of eastern Ukraine near the Russian border, disputed territory in the early days of the Donbas war. Their nervous anticipation of their first child’s birth is violently disrupted as the vicinal crash of flight MH17 elevates the forbidding tension enveloping their village. The looming wreckage of the downed airliner and an incoming parade of mourners emphasize the surreal trauma of the moment.

As Tolik’s separatist friends expect him to join their efforts, Irka’s brother is enraged by suspicions that the couple has betrayed Ukraine. Irka refuses to be evacuated even as the village gets captured by armed forces, and she tries to make peace between her husband and brother by asking them to repair their bombed house.

Klondike depicts a vision of the ongoing war in Donbass, war that brooks no compromise in depicting the severe impact of the conflict on the region’s civilians — in particular, the innocent women to whom the film is dedicated. Ukrainian writer-director Maryna Er Gorbach largely assumes the viewpoint of a heavily pregnant farmstead owner as her life and home quite literally fall apart on July 17, 2014, the day a Malaysia Airlines passenger flight was shot down over Donbass, killing nearly 300 people. Irka is determined to stand her ground even as her fellow villagers flee oncoming armed forces. Shot in unbroken, unblinking takes that observe obscene violence and destruction with cold candor.” - Variety

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Maryna Er Gorbach


Zviad Mgebry


Oksana Cherkashyna, Sergey Shadrin, Oleg Shcherbina


Maryna Er Gorbach

Director of Photography

Svyatoslav Bulakovskiy


Maryna Er Gorbach


Svyatoslav Bulakovskiy, Maryna Er Gorbach, Mehmet Bahadir Er

Production studios

Kedr Film



More info


Ukrainian, Dutch, Russian

Countries of production

Turkey, Ukraine




Maryna Er Gorbach
Black Dogs Barking (2009), No Ofsayt (2009), Love Me (2013), Omar and Us (2019), Klondike (2022)