100 MIN

A young Kyrgyz girl - Ayka - lives and works illegally in Moscow. After giving birth to her son she leaves him in hospital. Sometime later, however, her motherly yearning leads her to desperate attempts of finding the abandoned child.

Cast & Crew
Producer(s): Sergei Dvortsevoy, Thanassis Karathanos, Martin Hampel, Anna Wydra
Script: Sergei Dvortsevoy, Gennady Ostrowski
Director of Photography: Jolanta Dylewska
Production designer: Olga Yurasova
Sound: Gregor Bonse, Jan Pasemann, Dominik Raetz
Edit: Sergei Dvortsevoy, Petar Markovic
Cast: Samal Yeslyamova, Zhipara Abdilaeva, Sergei Mazur.
Production company(ies): Pallas Film GmbH Otter Films KNM Kinodvor Eurasia Juben Pictures

Sergei Dvortsevoy
In 1982, Sergei Dvortsevoy graduated from the Kryvyi Rih Aeronautical College, and in 1988 - Novosibirsk State Technical University. In 1990, he started the Master's Courses for Film Directors. His coursework Paradise and diploma thesis Bread Day short films have been awarded with a number of international prizes. In 2008, the film Tulpan was the winner of the Prix Un Certain Regard at the Cannes FF. In 2018, when Ayka was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes FF and Samal Yeslyamova won the Award for Best Actress. the film was included in the shortlist of Oscar nominees.

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