Russia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Poland, China, 2018, 105 min.
Scriptwriters: Sergei Dvortsevoy, Gennadi Ostrovsky
Ayka is a young migrant worker who lives and works illegally in Moscow. After an unwanted pregnancy she leaves the child in the maternity clinic so she can get back to earning badly-needed money. But soon maternal instincts take over and Ayka tries to find her son.
Born in Shymkent in 1962. Graduated from aviation school in Krivoi Rog (1982), from the long-distance section of the radio engineering faculty of Novosibirsk Electrotechnical Institute (1988), and from the directing faculty of documentary film of the Higher Courses for Scriptwriters and Directors (workshop L. Gurevich, S. Zelikin, 1992). His fiction film “Tulpan” received the main prize in the competition “Un Certain Regard” at Cannes. Samal Yeslyamova received the Best Actress award at Cannes in 2018 for her performance in “Ayka”.