People in a southern Ukrainian city come out to commemorate an important national holiday.Old and new symbols mix in their quest for identity and common understanding. Despite living on neighboring streets, the distance between them is growing. This is a portrait of people who demonstrated on the main square of a city in a country to which war has returned.
The film was shot on Victory day on May 9th in Mykolayiv. The flagship city of Russia’s Imperial and Soviet shipbuilding, the city which during Soviet times was considered completely pro-Russian, suddenly reveals its Ukrainian essence. Discussions, various symbols, the battle between pro-Ukrainian and pro-Soviet, red poppies and St. George’s ribbon… In its search for a new self and place in modern day Ukraine, it hurdles itself from one extreme to another.
“Holiday” – is a portrait of a city and its people. Set in the backdrop of monumental changes within the country and the consciousness of its people, it is a film about the search for identity; how is it possible to live with one foot stuck in the Soviet past and the other bounding for Europe?