Alain, an international auditor, has arrived to assess the airport of a small self-proclaimed republic in the Caucasus in order to give the green light for its reopening. Edgar, a local boy, runs his own peculiar small business outside the airport. After interacting with the child and other residents, Alain is able to discover this isolated land and will risk everything to allow the country to open up.
Nagorno-Karabakh is an Armenian province that was annexed to Azerbaijan by Stalin in 1921. When the USSR collapsed in 1991, its inhabitants called for independence, a plea which eventually sparked a war initiated by the Azeri authorities. Since then, despite a ceasefire, the two sides have maintained a volatile relationship that continues to claim numerous lives.
Through the Western perspective of her main character, perfectly portrayed by the ever stoic Grégoire Colin, Nora Martirosyan allows us to discover this territory which has its own capital, president and constitution, despite not being recognised at a legal and geopolitical level. As they follow Alain Delage through his audit, the viewer, who is initially intrigued about the reality of this province, comes to empathise with its inhabitants and decides to join their impossible dream of achieving independence and international recognition.