Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

The Earth Is Blue As an Orange


Year: 2020
Run Time: 74 minutes

The Earth Is Blue As an Orange
The Earth Is Blue As an Orange
The Earth Is Blue As an Orange
The Earth Is Blue As an Orange

Since attending a filmmaking camp with her younger sister, teenager Mira has set her sights on becoming a cinematographer. Now, with the help of her mother, three siblings, grandmother, and aunt, she is making a film about her home in the war-torn region of Ukraine that borders Russia. Named after a line of poetry by the French surrealist Paul Éluard, Iryna Tsilyk’s documentary, THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE, follows the family as they recreate and relive the horrors of the past five years, all while explosions continue to loom in the surrounding areas. Between scenes of the family’s emotional filmmaking process, Tsilyk interweaves fleeting moments of beauty and bliss, from the picturesque Ukrainian hillside, to Mira’s high school graduation, to her acceptance to film school. As Mira’s film nears completion, Tsilyk’s documentary powerfully illustrates the cathartic potential of collaborative art in coping with the harrowing experiences of war. (In Russian and Ukrainian with subtitles) — E.B.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 7:40 PM ET

Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 11:45 AM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

Ad Hoc Docs Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


Iryna Tsilyk

Anna Kapustina, Giedrė Žickytė

Viacheslav Tsvietkov

Ivan Bannikov, Iryna Tsilyk

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