This programme is part of the Amsterdam Polish Film Festival. You can access this programme with:
– Single ticket: film Klondike
– Day ticket: Hamlet Syndrome + talk and film Klondike
In 2014 soon-to-be parents Irka and Tolik live in the Donetsk region 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 nearby crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 elevates the 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.
About Amsterdam Polish Film Festival
This year the Amsterdam Polish Film Festival, organised by Polish Culture NL in collaboration with De Balie, focuses on the history and current developments in Central Europe, through films dealing with gruesome communist history and conversations shedding light on the impact of the Ukrainian war on the local population.
The Amsterdam Polish Film Festival is co-sponsored by: