Why the backlash?
On a grand scale, "Land of Oblivion," which stars former Bond girl and Ukraine native Olga Kurylenko (she was born in Berdyansk), is about the Chornobyl nuclear disaster of April 26, 1986.
On a smaller scale, it tells the story of a newly married couple in which the happy husband is called away on their wedding day to help put out a fire at the nearby nuclear power plant.
It's a story that Boganim says displeased the authorities in Kyiv because it shows in stark terms the human cost of the disaster and doesn't paint the authorities' response to the crisis in a favorable light.
As she told the French news agency AFP:
"Land of Oblivion" may also be the first full-length feature film to be shot entirely within the 30-kilometer Chornobyl exclusion zone. Surprisingly, the International Atomic Energy Agency gives a tentative thumbs-up to the concept:
Safe for limited periods of time, perhaps. But we're guessing Boganim probably kept the number of takes to a minimum.