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in production, SK, CZ, DE, 90 minutes, drama, PG 15

Irina is a single mother, a Ukrainian living in a small Czech town. Her whole world comes crashing down when she discovers that her teenage son Igor has been assaulted and nearly killed. After Igor regains consciousness, he alleges that the attackers were Roma. Irina’s fight for justice mobilises the whole society. As the hostility towards the Roma is on the rise Igor decides to tell Irina what really happened to him that night. The audience will follow a story through Irina's eyes as she gradually uncovers the truth.

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 forums and co-production markets participation

Cinéfondation – L’Atelier
72nd edition Cannes International Film festival

When East Meets West
30th Trieste Film Festival

Connecting Cottbus
28th FilmFestival Cottbus

Karlovy Vary IFF 2021
Works in Progress


Director´s Notes

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.

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