Up in the air (В повітрі)

Production Status
Work in Progress
Release Date
Country(ies) of (co)production
Web Page

Young Ukrainian circus acrobats developing their skills and performance up in the air. First, a century-old circus building and local government officials challenge the path to their dreams. Now the war took away their home and they set off on a journey to tell the world about themselves.

9-year-old Sasha studies at the circus studio in Kharkiv, Ukraine. He devotes all his spare after-school time to practicing aerial exercises. His teacher and head of the studio Svetlana (50) sees him as a talented and promising artist. There are 100 kids studying in a circus studio. Svetlana’s son Zhenia (24) is an aerial gymnast too, studio’s graduate, he helps her with teaching kids. However, he has a different teaching approach and an ambition to develop his own modern circus. After the full-scale Russian invasion in February 2022, the film had a dramatic change. Zhenia stayed in Kharkiv to defend Ukraine. Svetlana and 26 circus children have been evacuated to Budapest. The Princess of Monaco invites them to perform in Monte Carlo in a show which was organized to support Ukraine. Sasha and all circus kids learn how to balance in the arena. They never knew they needed to learn how to balance in life.

Directing: Oksana Syhareva
Production: Oksana Syhareva
Total budget: €400 000
Point of contact:

Submit your project to the catalog