• Ayka

    Directed by Sergey Dvortsevoy
    Kazakhstan/Russia/Germany/Poland/China | 100 minutes | North American Premiere | FLOS: Foreign Language Oscar Submissions

Set among the unforgiving, snow-covered back alleys and streets of Moscow, an impoverished Kyrgyz woman fights for her own survival after abandoning her newborn in this harrowing, raw depiction of a determined immigrant’s plight.


January 7, 2019 1:30 PM   Tickets not available
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January 8, 2019 11:30 AM Camelot Theatres (PS Cultural Center) Tickets not available
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film synopsis

Celebrated Kazakh filmmaker Sergey Dvortsevoy (Tulpan, 2008) returns with an unflinching and amoral journey that challenges audiences to understand his near-silent protagonist’s sacrifice. After abandoning her newborn mere minutes after delivery, Ayka (Cannes Best Actress winner Samal Yeslyamova) returns to work at a stomach-churning chicken-processing plant. She suffers from severe postpartum depression that has left her numb and confused. When the plant foreman announces that no one is to be paid for their weeks of work, Ayka must return to the cold streets of Moscow, desperate for money. Without papers or even a stable address, the resilient immigrant accepts demeaning jobs in hopes of repaying a loan shark. As her willpower drops with the temperature, is it only a matter of time before she is abandoned and forgotten, too?

In competition for the FIPRESCI Award.

film details

Country: Kazakhstan/Russia/Germany/Poland/China
Year: 2018
Running Time: 100 minutes
Premiere Status: North American Premiere
Language: in Russian and Kyrgyz with English subtitles
Attending Filmmakers: Director Sergey Dvortsevoy
Director: Sergey Dvortsevoy
Producers: Sergey Dvortsevoy, Thanassis Karathanos, Martin Hampel, Anna Wydra
Principal Cast: Samal Yeslyamova, Zhipargul Abdilaeva, David Alaverdyan, Sergey Mazur, Slava Agashkin, Ashkat Kuchinchirekov
Primary Company: The Match Factory
Cinematographers: Jolanta Dylewska
Editor: Sergey Dvortsevoy, Petar Markovic
Screenwriter: Sergey Dvortsevoy, Gennady Ostrovsky

guests in attendance

Director Sergey Dvortsevoy

2019 Film Festival