"Memory is the only paradise
we cannot be expelled from".
Johann Paul Richter
ORIGINAL TITLE Lost Paradise
LENGTH 60 min. / 80 min.
FORMAT Super-16mm, Super-8, 16:9, Color
LANGUAGES English, Russian, Portuguese
LOCATIONS Kiev and Pripyat/Ukraine, Jundia/Brazil
PRODUCTION COUNTRY Germany
CO-PRODUCERS Filmakademie BaWü
FUNDING FFA German Federal Film Board
Honorary Consulate of Ukraine
LBBW Landesbank Ba-Wü
Robert Bosch Foundation
Olga, a young journalist from Kiev, remembers her childhood as a wonderful time: she used to live in Pripyat, a young town, full of children, mushrooms and flowers. The only problem: Pripyat is located next to the reactor of Chernobyl. At the age of eight years Olga was evacuated with her family. 22 years later she returns with her Brazilian husband to the place of her childhood, which is now a ghost town. A film about the loss of home, the second generation after Chernobyl and the question if it is still dangerous to eat daisies?
I was interested in people of my age who experienced the catastrophe at first hand. This was the starting point for our research in the Ukraine. We did not expect to end up with shooting parts of the film in Brazil. But for Olga Ivan is the direct compensation for the trauma she had experienced in Pripyat. And truly: Ivans Brazil seems like the paradise Olga has lost in her childhood. The love story of Olga and Ivan leaves a trace of hope in this tragedy. It is told from the perspective of the second generation - people who want to start a life free from radiation. But it is important to remember how easy it is to destroy our own paradise.
CAST / TEAM
Kassel Documentary Film Festival
Sofia International Film Festival
Skena Up International Student Film
and Theatre Festival in Prishtina
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