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Ayka
Original title:
Ajka
Slovenian title:
Ajka
Section:
PANORAMA
Country, year:
Kazakhstan, Russia, Poland, Germany, France, 2018
Length:
100
Directed by:
Sergej Dvorcevoj
Screenplay:
Sergej Dvorcevoj, Genadij Ostrovskij
Cinematography:
Jolanta Dilevska
Music:
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Subtitles:
Slovenian
Language:
Kirghiz,Russian
Voting code:
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Cast:
Samal Jesljamova (Ajka), Žipargul Abdilajeva (Činara), David Alaverdjan (lastnik stanovanja), Sergej Mazur (veterinar), Slava Agaškin (lastnik avtopralnice), Aškat Kučinčirekov (nadzornik perutninske proizvodnje)
Awards:
Cannes 2018 (Best Actress)

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A raw, intimate drama about an impoverished young Kyrgyz woman trying to survive in Moscow after abandoning her new-born baby. The Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress.
A young Kyrgyz girl, Ayka, lives and works illegally in Moscow. After giving birth to her first child, she doesn't feed the infant but stages an impromptu breakout through the window of the maternity ward. Over the course of the next few days, she goes searching for a job all the while trying to keep the birth secret. She finds work at a chicken processing facility, only to learn that her boss has decided to skip town without paying his employees. This sets in motion a new wave of anxiety for the young woman, who needs to pay off her menacing creditors. While searching for a way to make money, her motherly yearning leads her to desperate attempts at finding the abandoned child.

"It began with a dry newspaper statistic: "In 2010 in maternity hospitals in Moscow, 248 babies were given up by mothers from Kyrgyzstan." I was in shock for a long time after reading this: How could it be? What could be the reason behind Kyrgyz mothers voluntarily giving up their babies en masse, abandoning them in a foreign country? /.../ This film is about all of us: about what happens when relations between a person and their environment reach such extremes that the he or she begins to deteriorate morally." (Sergey Dvortsevoy)