CineLabOutlab • Public screening

Screening of the film The Earth is Blue as an Orange by Iryna Tsilyk

Cinema São Jorge

The Earth is Blue as an Orange
Iryna Tsilyk, Ukraine
2020| 1h 13m

Free admission.


Single mother Anna and her four children live in the front-line war zone of Donbas, Ukraine. While the outside world is made up of bombings and chaos, the family is managing to keep their home as a safe haven, full of life and full of light. Every member of the family has a passion for cinema, motivating them to shoot a film inspired by their own life during a time of war.

The creative process raises the question of what kind of power the magical world of cinema could have during times of disaster. How to picture war through fiction? For Anna and the children, transforming trauma into a work of art is the ultimate way to stay human.


Iryna Tsilyk is a Ukrainian filmmaker and writer, a member of the European Film Academy, Ukrainian PEN International. The winner of the “Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary” for her debut documentary film “The Earth Is Blue as an Orange” at Sundance Film Festival 2020. For this film, in 2023, she received the Shevchenko National Prize — Ukraine’s most prestigious cultural prize awarded annually to the best works of contemporary culture. In 2022, Iryna created a fiction film “Rock, paper, grenade”. She is also the author of numerous books including poetry, short fiction, a novel, and several works for children. Her poems and short stories have been translated into English, German, French, Polish, Lithuanian, Czech, Swedish, Romanian, Catalan, and Greek.

This event is organized by Mariia Lihus (CineLab — Laboratory of Cinema and Philosophy) and Oleksandra Boychenko (ROOTS Association), with the support of the Laboratory of Dissemination (OutLab) and in collaboration with Cinema São Jorge.

In addition to this screening, there will be a talk on “Perspectives of Ukrainian Cinema: Iryna Tsilyk” on July 17th. The talk will take place in a hybrid format at Auditorium A2 of NOVA FCSH and online via Zoom at 4 PM. More information here.