By Marianna KAAT


Documentary - Post-Production 2010

In the heart of Ukrainian illegal coal mining, girls are dreaming about Prince Charming while boys are trying to start their own business.

& Awards

Tallinn Black Nights IFF 2010
Tridens Herring Special Mention
    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 104 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Marianna KAAT
    • Writer(s)
    • Marianna KAAT
    • Producer(s)
    • Marianna KAAT (Baltic Film Production), Olena FETISOVA (Interfilm Production Studio)
    • Synopsis
    • In the hub of the eastern-Ukrainian illegal mining business everybody digs – retirees, unemployed miners and even the children. Years ago, the town's desperate residents decided to start mining on their own; they excavate everywhere: in abandoned mines, under the basements of demolished buildings, in the neighborhood woods and leisure parks, as well as in their own vegetable gardens.
      The story focuses on the Sikanov family, which has three children. 15-year-old Yura, the grandson of a powerful Soviet plant director, is the head of the family working as a miner in the illegal pit. Yura wants mostly to be independent entrepreneur with his own mine while his two sisters dream of Prince Charming on a white horse.
      Film was shot in the Donetsk region where the elected President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych spend his troubled childhood and where he started his political career.
    • Partners & financing
    • Sundance Documentary Fund, Estonian Film Foundation, MEDIA Development Programme, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Estonian Cultural Endowment.