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Produkty 24

63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

A supermarket in a Moscow suburb is the heart of darkness for the Uzbek “employees” who work there around the clock and are threatened, abused, and imprisoned. Mukhabbat, like the rest of the immigrants at the store, is a young woman forced to work without getting paid and to endure mental and physical abuse, until the day she overcomes her fear and takes her fate into her own hands... Based on true events and active legal cases of immigrants in Russia, the film captures the terrible aspects of modern slavery in a visceral blend of realism, documentary-style elements, and grand-scale cinema.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TIFF63.

Direction: Michael Borodin
Script: Michael Borodin
Cinematography: Ekaterina Smolina
Editing: Alexandra Putsyato
Music: Aleksey Polyakov
Actors: Zukhara Sanzysbay, Lyudmila Vasilyeva, Tolibzhon Suleimanov, Nargiz Abdullaeva, Asel Tuytubaeva, Kamila Mukhlisova, Lyubov Korolkova, Daniyar Artykbaev, Zukhra Ashurova
Production: Metrafilms, Perfo Production, Karma Production, Einbahnstraße Productions
Producers: Artem Vasilyev
Co-producers: Aleš Pavlin, Andrej Štritof, Diloy Gülün
Production Design: Vladislav Ogay
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Russia, Slovenia, Türkiye
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 106΄
Contact: Heretic
Awards/Distinctions: CICAE Award (Panorama) – Berlinale 2022

Creative Producer: Julia Shaginurova

Michael Borodin

Michael Borodin was born in Toytepa, a small town near Tashkent, in 1987. He made his first film at the age of eighteen. In 2010, after graduating from the university, he moved to Moscow to study filmmaking where at first he led the life of an illegal immigrant. He worked as a delivery guy and an odd-job worker, then had a chance to pursue his passion for movies by enrolling in the film school of Alexander Mitta.


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