September 2023

The War of Chimeras

“The War of Chimeras is bright – to the point of flashes in the eyes, brutal – to the point of heartache and touching – to the point of taking the breath away…”

Natalya Ishchenko, film critic, “The Day”, Ukraine

The film is a true tale of love, war, and mortality, as witnessed by those who lived through its tumult. Director Anastasiia Starozhytska and her partner, the valiant warrior Valery Lavrenov, chronicle their personal journey amidst the chaos, baring their souls to each other. 

As Valery faces the Ilovaysk cauldron’s horrors, Anastasiia seeks to comprehend the fusion of love and conflict while exploring ruined towns. Through candid dialogues, they navigate war’s emotional terrain, from escape to post-war life and a shared frontline expedition. 

**Q&A with the filmmakers following the Auckland screening on Sun 17 Sep**
Meet mother-daughter directors, Anastasiia and Mariia Starozhitska in person. It is the one-year anniversary of the duo’s arrival in New Zealand as refugees. Join us to hear their unique perspectives on the film and the current situation in Ukraine.”

**Virtual Cinema**
If you miss the in-cinema screening in Auckland, the film will stream on the Virtual Cinema from 18 September till the end of the month.

Film Info

Director: Anastasiia Starozhytska, Mariia Starozhytska
Country: Ukraine
Language: Ukrainian, Russian
Year: 2017
Duration: 94 mins

Ticket Info

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