Netflix will release the films Luxembourg, Luxembourg by Antonio Lukich, and Klondike by Maryna Er Gorbach. The first film will be released on June 14 and the second film — on June 7
The tragicomedy Luxembourg, Luxembourg is a story about two twin brothers from the town of Lubny who go to Luxembourg in search of their father. Amil and Ramil Nasirov from the Kurgan and Agregat music band played the main characters.
The film premiered at the Venice International Film Festival as part of the Horizons competition program, and in Ukraine it was shown for the first time in Blyzniuky, Kharkiv region, the hometown of the main actors. Lukich’s film earned more than 14 million UAH at the box office during the first two weekends after release and overtook the director’s debut film My Thoughts Are Silent in terms of numbers.
Lukich teamed up with ForeFilms co-founders Anna Sobolevska and Volodymyr Yatsenko to write the script for the film.
Read more about Luxembourg, Luxembourg in our interview with the director.
The plot of Klondike unfolds around a family who find themselves in the midst of the events of the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in the village of Hrabove in the Donetsk region on July 17. Irka (Oksana Cherkashyna) and Tolik (Serhii Shadrin) are expecting the birth of their first child, but war breaks into their lives along with the wreckage of the downed Boeing. Irka refuses to evacuate, even when the village is overrun by armed groups.
The main roles in Klondike were played by Oksana Cherkashyna (Bad Roads), Serhii Shadrin (Black Raven) and Oleh Shcherbyna (Cherkasy).
“For me, this film is a ‘rocket’ that helps get rid of the fear of military aggression from russia first and foremost for myself. Klondike appeared at the intersection of powerlessness to stop the war and a deep respect and gratitude for those who defend Ukraine. And it’s also a dream of peace in Ukraine”, director Maryna Er Gorbach says of the film’s plot.
In January 2022, the film became the first Ukrainian live-action film to win the World Cinema Dramatic Competition award for directing at the Sundance Film Festival.
In October 2022, Netflix bought the rights for streaming several Ukrainian films. Among the films is My Thoughts are Silent by Antonio Lukich.
Read more about it in our article.