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FICTION | Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany | 2022 | 91 MINUTES

A Film by Michal Blasko

Irina is an immigrant single mother from Ukraine living in a small Czech town. One day, her son is assaulted and severely injured. While the police investigate the crime, the whole town stands up in solidarity with the mother and son and condemns their Roma neighbors, who are allegedly responsible for the assault. After Irina’s son wakes up in hospital, the truth about his incident begins to emerge. At the same time, a political campaign is gaining momentum in town, and different actors from media, politics and civil society strategically manipulate reality to their own ends. Truth and lies become difficult to tell apart. As a caring mother trying to make a new life for herself in a foreign country, Irina has to contend with the xenophobia, discrimination, and prejudice around her. Torn between protecting her family and searching for the truth, she is ultimately forced to make a fateful decision.

World Premiere

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Vita Smachelyuk, Gleb Kuchuk

Igor Chmela

Production Company Nutprodukcia,

Nutprodukce, Electric Sheep GmbH
Producer Jakub Viktorin
Co-Producers Saar Yogev,
Naomi Levari, Michael Reuter

Directed by Michal Blasko

Written by Jakub Medvecky
Cinematography Adam Mach
Sound Clemens Endreß

Production Designer Stella Šonková


Supported by


Festivals & Awards

Slovakia Oscar Entry 2023

WINNER - Best Int'l Coproduction - Hamburg FilmFest 2022

WINEER - Special Jury Prize - Bosphorus IFF 2022
Venice IFF 2022

Toronto IFF 2022

Busan IFF 2022
Festival do Rio, Brazil 2022

POFF - Tallin Black Nights 2022

Cottbus IFF 2022

Thessaloniki IFF 2022

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