Directed by ALENA LODKINA
Milena travels to a remote opal minding community to see her estranged, ill father. Lost and alone, she falls into his bewildering would, where men escape society and share ideals of freedom. Soon, he doesn’t want her to leave. Stuck in time, father and daughter try to mend their fractured bond, but their connection is fragile, like the strange, colourful gems he digs up from the earth.
Alena Lodkina is a Russian-born filmmaker based in Melbourne. She participated in Biennale College Cinema in 2016 with her first feature film Strange Colours, which went on to win funding, go into production and premiere at Venice Film Festival 2017.
Captures the melancholy and loneliness of outback isolation and the desperate attempts at connection by these often damaged but passionate men trying to reconcile the freedom of the bush and their mutual responsibilities.