A documentary by Cyprien Clément-Delmas from 2018 about an 18-year old Artiom, who has just one wish: to go and fight for his homeland, Ukraine.
Artiom is 18 years old and has just one wish: to go to war and fight for his homeland, Ukraine. Everything else comes second. He dresses in camouflage, watches war videos online, and in his free time practices battle scenes with his friends. Or at least they think they are battle scenes. As a child, he only sees the surface of the war. And he has the bad luck that the fighting rages so tantalizingly close. This observational documentary is a fascinating study of the cult of war in a post-Soviet setting where those who succumb to the allure of battle are the least suitable and least predisposed to fighting – a fact perfectly illustrated by Artiom’s final struggle with the reality of war.
“War is not about weapons, tanks or bombs. War is in the mind of the soldiers, the leaders and the crowd. It excites theirs souls, captivate their lives, strikes their imagination… before destroying them. War is a state of mind.” C. Clément-Delmas
Directors: Cyprien Clément-Delmas, Igor Kosenko
Screenplay: Cyprien Clément-Delmas, Igor Kosenko
Production: Veronika Kührová
Sound: David Titěra
Special thanks to the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the Moravian-Silesian Region for support.