Nine Month War

When the Ukraine got into an open conflict with Russia due to the conquering of the Crimea peninsula, 250 000 Ukrainian men were drafted to the army. Belonging to the Hungarian minority of the Ukraine, the mother of 24-year-old Jan has tried to convince her son to escape his duty to the European Union. The eagerness for going to war wins in the end.

Jan’s experiences during the months spent in Eastern Ukraine are recorded on his cellphone camera. War is waiting for something to happen. It is soldiers horsing around in the barracks and shivering in freezing conditions during their guard shifts. It is contemplation over comrades killed during a counterstrike, of whom you knew nothing about even though you sat together for breakfast a few hours ago.

Elsewhere the film crew follows time standing still and relatives fighting against longing.

A human’s first critical transition period lasts nine months. Nine Month War juxtaposes the same time period spent at war as a journey from boy to man – and questions the justification of this way of thinking when it comes to transition rites.

Suvi Nousiainen (Translation: Miia Mäkelä)

Language: Hungarian, Russian, Ukrainian
Subtitles: English

  • Name in Original Language: Kilenc hónap háború
  • Director: László Csuja
  • Country: Qatar, Hungary
  • Year: 2018
  • Length: 73 min
  • Age limit: K16
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Zágon Nagy
  • Editing: Ágnes Mógor
  • Production: Ágnes Horváth- Szabó, András Pires Muhi / ELF Pictures, Filmpartners


  • Kinopalatsi 6: Mon 28.1. at 19.00
  • Maxim 2: Wed 30.1. at 19.15
  • Kinopalatsi 6: Sat 2.2. at 19.00