France 2021, 85 min, Russian, Hebrew & English subtitles

Even when, on paper, the ceasefire was still in effect, Donbas in Ukraine was anything but quiet. Deep in the trenches, some makeshift, some well-fortified, tension runs high as soldiers (young men and one woman) await the next burst of enemy shells. The waiting is nerve-racking and danger is always imminent, but between explosions, there is room to forge bonds, build team spirit, chop vegetables for a salad, pet some kittens, briefly revert to the man or woman they had been before the fighting, and unwind by playing video games—shooters, of course. French journalist Loup Bureau spent long months on the ground with the soldiers, and his camera, fully immersed in their entrenched existence, captured their tense day-to-day so closely that you can smell, taste, and feel everything: every heartbeat, and every time their hearts speed up.

Previous Festivals: IDFA, Venice

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Screening Schedule:
  • Sun 29.05 | 18:00 | Cinematheque 2
  • Thu 02.06 | 19:00 | Cinematheque 1 | Filmmaker Present
  • Watch Online | The film will be available From May 26th until June 5th

Loup Bureau was born in 1990 and is a French director and journalist who spent several years working as an international reporter. Since 2017, Loup Bureau has been living between France and Ukraine. Trenches is his first feature film.

Production: Caroline Nataf
Production Company: Unité
Editing: Léo Gatelier
Cinematography: Loup Bureau
Sound Design: Jérôme Wiciak
Music: Gustave Rudman Rambali

Source: Films Boutique

Supporters & Broadcasters: French Institute in Israel and French Embassy in Israel, UNIFRANCE