- Director : Michale Boganim
- Actors : Olga Kurylenko, Andrzej Chyra, Serguei Strelnikov
- Genre : Drama
- Nationality : French, Polish, Ukrainian, German
- Duration : 108 min
April 26th, 1986. On that day, Anya and Piotr celebrate their marriage.
Little Valery and his father Alexei, a physicist at the power station in
Chernobyl, plant an apple tree. Nikolai, the forest warden, makes his rounds
in the surrounding forests. Then, an accident occurs at the power station.
Insidiously, the radioactivity transforms nature. The rain is yellow, the trees
turn red. Piotr, a volunteer fireman, leaves to extinguish the flames. He
never returns. A few days later, the population is evacuated. Alexei, forced
to keep silent by the authorities, prefers to disappear. Ten years later,
the deserted Pripiat has become a no man’s land and a bizarre tourist
attraction. Anya comes to the Zone every month as a tour guide, while
Valery goes there to look for traces of his father. And Nikolai continues to
cultivate a poisonous garden. With the passing of time, will they be able to
accept the hope of a new life?
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