28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Sergey Dvortsevoy
original title: Ayka
country: Russia, Germany, Poland, Kazakhstan
year: 2018
running time: 100 min.


In the dystopian setting of the deserted streets of Moscow, a young Kyrgyz woman, on the run from the hospital where she left her newborn baby, struggles through the endless falling snow. In severe financial distress and with invalid immigration documents, she is ready to take any job that could put a roof over her head; meanwhile, she is constantly bleeding and suffers from severe postpartum pain. Shaky hand-held close-up camerawork follows the misery of a broken woman who, even in the worst existential suffering, is finds faith and love for the child she left behind.

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director: Sergey Dvortsevoy
cast: Samal Yesyamova, Zhipargul Abdilaeva, David Alaverdyan, Sergey Mazur, Slava Agashkin, Ashkat Kuchinchirekov
script: Gennady Ostrovsky, Sergey Dvortsevoy
photography: Jolanta Dylewska
editing: Petar Markovic, Sergey Dvortsevoy
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