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MARIJA

MARIJA
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Marija, a young Ukrainian woman, earns her living as a hotel maid in Dortmund, but dreams of owning her own hair salon. She puts money aside each month, but when she is fired without notice, her dream seems out of reach. Without work and under financial pressure, she finds herself forced to look for other opportunities. Her body, her social relationships and her own feelings take a secondary importance to her goal.

Michael Koch's feature film debut is the portrait of a young woman who lives on the periphery of our production and consumer-oriented society, but does not accept the ascribed role of the victim. Demanding, determined and uncompromising, she fights to live a freer, self-determined life.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2016
Director Michael Koch
Screenplay Michael Koch, Juliane Großheim
Cinematography Bernhard Keller
Cast Margarita Breitkreiz, Georg Friedrich, Sahin Eryilmaz, Olga Dinnikova
Producers Christoph Friedel, Claudia Steffen
Co-Producers Christof Neracher, Tom Spieß
Production Company Pandora Film Produktion, in co-production with Hugofilm Productions, Little Shark Entertainment/Cologne, in cooperation with WDR, ARTE, SRF/Zurich
Length 100 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German, Russian
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology 5.1
Festivals Locarno 2016 (International Competition), Toronto 2016, Valladolid 2016, Göteborg 2017, Angers 2017, Bengaluru 2017, Cairo 2017
Awards Ecumenical Prize (Special Mention) & Environment is Quality of Life Prize Locarno 2016, Mademoiselle Ladubay Award to Margarita Breitkreiz & Jean Carmet Award to Georg Friedrich Angers 2017
With backing from BKM, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, Creative Europe MEDIA, Bundesamt für Kultur (EDI), Zürcher Filmstiftung, Fachausschuss Audiovision und Multimedia BS/BL
German Distributor Real Fiction Filmverleih/Cologne

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