Butterfly Vision

directed by
Maksym Nakonechnyi
Original Title
Bachennya metelyka
Ukraine, Czech Republic, Croatia, Sweden
Ukrainian, Russian, English
closed captions
audio description
english subtitles

This debut feature from Maksym Nakonechnyi, is a sorrowful but rewarding and visually stunning drama about a female Ukrainian aerial reconnaissance officer (callsign “Butterfly”) who was recently released from Russian captivity and cannot shake the horrors of war as she readjusts to civilian life. —M.G.

Ukrainian aerial reconnaissance expert Lilia has returned to her homeland a national hero. The long-awaited homecoming to her mother and husband Tokha should be a sigh of relief, but the two months of captivity spent as a prisoner of war have left their painful mark. After discovering she’s pregnant at the hands of her prison guards, Lilia grapples with her agonizing steps forward. Pressure mounts from loved ones, and vivid flashbacks haunt her every move as Lilia navigates her unexpected new reality. In BUTTERFLY VISION, a raw story of bravery, devastation, and the unimaginable courage to go on, Lilia must choose the life she wants for her baby and how she will continue to fight for her own future. —A.B. 

Content Warning: This film contains material that may be difficult for some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

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