When Spring Came to Bucha

  • Mila Teshaieva, Marcus Lenz
  • Ukraine, Germany
  • 2022
  • 66 min
  • World Premiere
  • Luminous

Russians bombarded Bucha, Borodyanka, Irpin and other cities in the region following their invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. By the time they retreated a month later, the damage was huge: buildings had been destroyed and there were corpses lying in the streets. Filmmakers Mila Teshaieva and Marcus Lenz went in immediately, in time to film local people emerging from their shelters, but never showing the actual atrocities. That wasn’t necessary, as the trauma of war is clear to see on everyone’s faces, including those of the volunteers who rushed in from far and wide to help.

Over the course of several weeks, the filmmakers follow various residents as they pick themselves up from the smoldering ruins. The dead are identified, debris is cleared, and prosecutors start talking about a war tribunal. At first, all is panic, despair and sadness—accompanied by sheer bafflement that they have been attacked by a country with so many ties to families and friends. But as the first blossoms of spring start appearing, these Ukrainians also reveal their resilience.

Credits

  • 66 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Ukranian, Russian
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Mila Teshaieva, Marcus Lenz
Production
Marcus Lenz for wildfilms
Cinematography
Marcus Lenz
Editing
Evgenia Danilenko, Julia Wiedwald
Sound
Vitalyi Garkavyi

Share this film

Print this page

IDFA history

This website uses cookies.

By using cookies we can measure how our site is used, how it can be further improved and to personalize the content of online advertisements.

Read
 here everything about our cookie policy. If you choose to decline, we only place functional and analytical cookies