Aurora (Аврора или Что снилось спящей красавице)

Aurora (Аврора или Что снилось спящей красавице)
Anastasia Zurkalova

Anastasia Zurkalova

Screen Time: 65%
Role: Aurora
Age: 14 years old


Aurora (Аврора или Что снилось спящей красавице)

Avrora, Sleeping Beauty with a Dream
Rating: 8.5 (6 votes)
Directed: Oxana Bayrak
Country: Ukraine
Language: Ukrainian, Russian, English
Genre: Coming of Age, Drama


Aurora dreams about becoming a talented ballet dancer one day. However, life is not so simple. 12-year-old orphan Aurora Nedelina lives in an orphanage in Pripyat and accidentally becomes a witness to the explosion at the Chernobyl APP. Having received a critical dose of radiation, she is sent to an American hospital where she meets the rich American Russian, Nick Astakhov--the world-famous dancer who had emigrated from the USSR 15 years prior. Nick is talented, successful, young, yet disappointed in life. Meeting up with Aurora helps Nick turn it all around. However, with each day, Aurora fades away a little more. Only something short of a miracle can save her.

Movie Reviews

Directed by Kyiv's Oksana Bayrak, "Aurora (" is the first feature film about Chernobyl, and is Ukraine's submission for "Best Foreign Film" category at the Academy Awards. It competes against 60 other films ( from various countries for the honour of being one of the five nominees in the category.

Among the mostly Ukrainian cast, stars the Hollywood actor Eric Roberts ( (brother of Julia Roberts), who came to Kyiv for two weeks to film his scenes. This makes him the first Hollywood actor to star in a Ukrainian film. The film's budget was $1.5 million.

The film is a tribute to all the victims of the Chernobyl tragedy, which marked it's 20th anniversary earlier this year.