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Film Info
Original Title:Tranchées
Programs:World Cinema
Documentary Competition
Release Year:2021
Runtime:85 min
Print Source:Films Boutique
Director:Loup Bureau
Producer:Caroline Nataf
Cinematographer:Loup Bureau
Editor:Léo Gatelier
Catherine Catela
Composer:Gustave Rudman Rambali


Before Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, there was the war in Donbas. French journalist Loup Bureau captures life on the front lines of the armed conflict in Donbas, Ukraine, which started in 2014… and still rages on. Bureau spent months with Ukrainian soldiers in the muddy trenches as they fought both Russian soldiers and the tedium of war.

The battles in the Donbas region of Ukraine between Ukrainian soldiers and Russian separatists have been raging for eight years. Loup Bureau, a former Cairo-based correspondent for French television, decided that the best way to capture the war was through the medium of documentary film. Shooting in black-and-white, he embeds himself with a group of soldiers who fight and endure and try to stay sharp in a seemingly endless conflict that constantly vacillates between boredom and terror. They spend their time with various forms of housekeeping in their makeshift tents, care for stray cats, smoke, play video games… and fire their weapons against the enemy, seen and unseen. And when it is over, how will they adjust to “normal” life?

Director Biography

Loup Bureau

Loup Bureau is a French journalist and former Cairo-based correspondent for media including French broadcaster TV5Monde. Bureau’s interest in Ukraine grew out of the 2013-14 Maidan Revolution and in 2016, he started covering the war in Donbass. In 2017, he was arrested by the Turkish authorities while covering Kurdish fighters in Syria and spent fifty-one days in prison before he was released. Trenches (2021) is his debut documentary feature.