88min or 54min | HD | DVD | original Russian version with German or English subtitles available
Donetsk is the coal-mining area of Ukraine. Here most people work for low wages in the run down mines, while others make a lot of money. No matter which side of the social divide you are on, coming from Donetsk you will almost certainly be an opponent of the Orange Revolution and a fan of the local football team, Shakhtar Donetsk. Billionaire Akhmetov invests heavily in the club, which is becoming a major European force during the season followed by the film. Yet this sporting success funded by an Oligarch fortune only seems to highlight the wider social and political stagnation of the region. Off the pitch, the outlook appears bleak...
IDFA Competition for First Appearance 2010 First Step Award 2011 9th Zagreb Film Festival Zurich Film Festival 2011 Max Ophüls Preis 2011 Trieste FilmFestival 2011 One World Prague 2011 DOK.fest Munich DocuDays Kiew - Opening Film