in production, SK, CZ, DE, 90 minutes, drama, PG 15
Irina is a single mother, a Ukrainian living in a small Czech town. One night, her teenage son Igor claims that he was assaulted by three young Roma. Irina demands justice, and is met with great solidarity by her new society. Until she spots inconsistencies in her son’s account.
Cast: Vita Smachelyuk, Gleb Kuchuk, Alena Mihulová, Claudia Dudová, Gabriela Míčová, Inna Zhulina, Igor Chmela, Viktor Zavadil Director: Michal Blaško Script: Jakub Medvecký DOP: Adam Mach Editor: Petr Hasalík Production Design: Stella Šonková Costumes: Erika Gadus Co-producers: Saar Yogev, Naomi Levari, Michael Reuter Producers: Jakub Viktorín, Pavla Janoušková Kubečková
Pitching forum and co-production forums participation
Cinéfondation – L’Atelier
72nd edition Cannes International Film festival
When East Meets West
30th Trieste Film Festival
28th FilmFestival Cottbus
47th Kyiv International Film Festival
By painting a detailed emotional portrait of Irina, I aim to expose the society for which she becomes a temporary mascot and eventually ends up as its caricature. In our narrative approach, we would like to emphasise authenticity and civility. Therefore, cinematographer Adam Mach, with whom I made my previous film, and I opted for a dynamic and aesthetically pleasing visual style which will make viewers direct witnesses to Irina’s story. As the film progresses, we get to know both Igor and his mother.