Land of Oblivion

Director: Michale Boganim

directed by Michale Boganim written by Anne Weil, Michale Boganim director of photography Yorgos Arvanitis production design by Bruno Margery music by Nathaniel Méchaly production manager Leszek Pieszko co-producer Dariusz Jabłoński co-produced by Apple Film Production co-financed by The Polish Film Institute cast Olga Kurylenko (Anya), Andrzej Chyra (Aleksy), Nikita Emshanov
colour, 105′
France, Germany, Poland, Ukraine 2011


April 26, 1986, Pripyat. Anya and Piotr celebrate their wedding. Little Valery and his father Alexei, a physicist at the Chernobyl power station, plant an apple tree. Nikolay, the park ranger, does his rounds in the surrounding forest. Suddenly, a fire at the power plant interrupts the wedding. Piotr, a volunteer fireman, leaves the reception to help put out the fire, never to return. Forced by the authorities to keep quiet, Alexei chooses to disappear. Ten years later, Pripyat has become a near no-man’s-land and a bizarre new tourist attraction. Every month, Anya leads a busload of tourists around the site. Valery is back, looking for traces of his vanished father and Nikolay keeps tilling the toxic soil of his garden.