Directed by Ganna Iaroshevych, documentary, 71 min, eng subtitles, 16+
Coming from the big city, Michel wants to settle down in a remote Ukrainian village in the Carpathian mountains and take care of rare, endangered animals - water buffalo. Reverse migrating, this 30-something-year-old is consciously choosing 'the simple life' and has decided what he wants is: “[…] two horses, one cow, five buffaloes, a little hut with an orchard of apple and walnut trees, children and a smart woman". And all of this as far as possible from civilisation... But after ten years of being a loner, Michel falls in love with Vera, a woman from his hometown in Germany, and soon he will have to choose - either to stay in Germany with his love, or to pursue his dream and live "as far as possible" saving the endangered animals in his adopted land, Ukraine.
What is it that one (really) needs in life? And is the solution to the hustle and bustle of daily life going 'away from civilisation'? Is it even possible to do so? Ganna Iaroshevych’s debut feature invites us on a journey with Misha and the buffaloes, exploring what it could mean finding one’s own sense of freedom.