The protagonist is Mykyta Hirnia, a clarinetist from Chernihiv. Before the war, he taught conducting at the local music school and played in several music collectives. But the war changed his daily life dramatically. When the Russian full-scale invasion began, his students were scattered around the world as they fled the war, and his music collectives fell apart. The city was surrounded by occupying troops and regularly bombed by artillery and missiles. As a person with a sensitive soul, Mykyta took those horrible events very hard. To avoid being idle and to be useful to society in this difficult time, Mykyta became a volunteer. Now he brings basic necessities on his bike to those who need them, under shelling and fire. What helps him keep his mind balanced is his old hobby: the traditional Chinese tea ceremony.
Content warning: depiction of war
Director: Maksym Lukashov
Producer: Denys Voroncov, Viktor Shevchenko
Cinematographer: Dmytro Zaglynskyi
Lemon International Short Film Festival, Best Film award in International Competition debut films (2022)
Maksym Lukashov born in 1985 in Cherkasy, Maksym graduated from the Karpenko-Kary National University of Theatre, Film and Television in Kyiv with a degree in Television Directing (Arkadiy Nepytaliuk’s workshop). Between 2011 and 2022, he worked on popular TV projects as a director and editor. He directed and staged the play Quiet Outburst of Tenderness (2013) at the Pasika Theatre Centre in the Kyiv Mohyla Academy. When the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine began, he started making a documentary on a topical subject: the impact of military aggression on the peaceful life of ordinary people.
Selected FilmographySecond Wind (2022), Skateboarding on the Frontline (2022), Chernihiv Region. Living Again (2022)