SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2019


Russia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Poland, China, 2018, 105 min.
Production: Kinodvor (Russia), Pallas Film (Germany), Eurasia Film (Kazakhstan), Otter Films (Poland), Juben (China)
Languages: Russian, Kyrgyz
Format: DCP

Scriptwriters: Sergei Dvortsevoy, Gennadi Ostrovsky
Director: Sergei Dvortsevoy
DoP: Jolanta Dylewska
Producers: Sergei Dvortsevoy, Martin Hampel, Thanassis Karathanos, Anna Wydra, Gulnara Sarsenova, Luna Wong, Li Zhu
Editors: Sergei Dvortsevoy, Petar Markovic
Cast: Samal Yeslyamova, Sergei Mazur, Zhipargul Abdilaeva, Slava Agashkin, David Alaverdian, Askhat Kuchinchirekov, Andrei Kalyadov

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.

Sergei Dvortsevoy

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”.

2018 Ayka
2008 Tulpan
2004 In the Dark (doc.)
1999 Highway (doc.)
1998 Bread Day (doc.) (diploma film)
1995 Happiness (short, doc.) (coursework)