Marina (34) is a Ukrainian woman, who lives in Paris and writes research about Soviet mono-industry towns, the settlements built for the needs of one big factory. Under the pressure of residence denial in France she goes to Ukraine to finish her book and to fulfill her obligations to the publishing house.
She has a goal - to become one of these people and to write as a true insider. But the Town she came in doesn’t care at all about some woman from France, it rejects her as a stranger.
And then, in the process of research, she finds something amazing there – the bones of the soldier who turns out to be the II world war hero. Suddenly this woman brings the Glory to this land. For the Town of Working-class heroes the Glory – the labor glory as well as historical glory – is a crucial thing.
So it immediately makes her a fellow, an own person. They accept her and finally greet her. And she is slowly dissolving in this feeling of acceptance by her own people on her own land. And losing her objectivity. But first of all, she is a researcher. And her job is to dig deeper.
So when she suddenly reveals the new inconvenient facts about the soldier – she becomes a threat to this Town. She wants to get back the found feeling of the Glory. Marina faces a very difficult choice – to reveal the controversial truth under the risk of being rejected by her own people or to obey the rules of this strong collective, finishes her research and to put her French papers in order.
Zhanna Ozirna is a Ukrainian director and a screenwriter based in Kyiv-Lviv. Berlinale Talents 2020 participant. A member of the Ukrainian Film Academy. An author of the All about storytelling project and a mentor of Wiz-Art Film Lab. Now she works on her feature debut Ground Zero, the development was supported by Ukrainian Cultural Foundation.
In 2019 she made a TV documentary series The Babysitters of President special for Hromadske TV (public digital television in Ukraine), shot a short film The Adult, which already screened at the numerous film festivals in Spain, Germany, Poland, Australia, Switzerland, Serbia, Australia, Czech Republic, Ukraine. In 2018 Zhanna got an award Best Ukrainian film (86 IFF) and Jury Special Mention (Odesa IFF) for her doc short BOND. In 2017 she was a participant and a winner of Oppose Othering grant program in the frames of GoEast Film Festival in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Zhanna works as a lecturer at Ukrainian Catholic University at the Master’s Program in Media Communications and as a program coordinator of international short film festivals.
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