When Spring Came to Bucha

Leben nach Butscha – Trauma und Hoffnung

25th TiDF: Greek Premiere

The small Ukrainian towns of Borodianka, Bucha, and Irpin near the capital of Kyiv were occupied by the Russian army for several weeks. Tanks and snipers targeted gardens between houses. After a month of intense fighting, the Russian army withdrew. In the completely destroyed town of Bucha, the streets were strewn with the corpses of dozens of killed civilians. How do people live there now, in the wake of such atrocities? How are the survivors coping? Over the course of several weeks, the filmmakers follow various residents as they pick themselves up from the smoldering ruins. The dead are identified, debris is cleared, and prosecutors start talking about a war tribunal. At first, all is panic, despair, and sadness – accompanied by sheer bafflement that they have been attacked by a country with so many ties to families and friends. But as the first blossoms of spring start appearing, these Ukrainians also reveal their resilience. A film as a gesture of solidarity gives them the opportunity to tell their stories: stories about life after the suspected war crimes were committed in Bucha and the surrounding area. Stories about destroyed lives – about atrocities and abysses, but also stories about humanity and hope – as the war in Ukraine continues to rage.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TiDF25

Direction: Mila Teshaieva, Marcus Lenz
Cinematography: Marcus Lenz, Mila Teshaieva
Editing: Yevgenia Danilenko, Julia Wiedwald
Sound: Vitalyi Garkavyi, Andriy Niedzelsky
Music: DakhaBrakha, Ganna Gryniva
Production: Wildfilms
Producers: Marcus Lenz
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Germany, Ukraine
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 66'
Contact: NEW DOCS

In Cooperation with WDR

Mila Teshaieva


2022 When Spring Came to Bucha (co-direction)

Marcus Lenz


2002 With the Check Card into the Hereafter (short)
2004 Close (fiction)
2007 Schooltrip to the Poacher’s Territory
2008 24 UTC – The World at Midnight
2012 Journeys into the Afterlife
2016 Der Mann, der im Wald lebt
2018 Mama Papa and the Others
2019 24h Europe – The Next Generation
2020 Rivale (fiction)
2021 Money or Life
2022 Der Vulkan von La Palma
2022 When Spring Came to Bucha (co-direction)