Zvizdal [Chernobyl - So Far, So Close]
A FILMIC PORTRAIT ABOUT TWO PEOPLE LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN
A FAILED ATOMIC EXPERIMENT
The year is 1986. About 90 towns and villages around Pripyat in Ukraine are evacuated. The failure of an atomic experiment causes a drastic change in the lives of the locals. They leave their houses never to return. ZVIZDAL [CHERNOBYL – SO FAR, SO CLOSE] tells the story of Pétro and Nadia, an elderly couple who were born and raised in Zvizdal, and refused to be evacuated from the forbidden zone in the aftermath of the disaster. They chose to stay put in their home village, in their own house, in what was now a ghost town. All their acquaintances have left, their plundered houses bear witness to better days. All that is left now are petrified places, overgrown by nature.
A STORY ABOUT SOLITUDE AND SURVIVAL
Between 2011 and 2016 the Belgian theatre company Berlin followed Pétro and Nadia in an effort to portray the evolution of their story over the years. The performance mixes film with poetry, documentary with theatre, fiction with technology. The film plays out on a double sided screen, beneath which are three seasonally different models of the couple’s farm which rotate and become our window into their small world