The women in Correctional Facility Number 74 in Odessa lead an unspectacular, routine-based existence. They sleep and work together whilst the hours turn into days and the days into weeks. There are no moments of privacy, even mail is read and censored by the guards. This sober, precise take from director Péter Kerekes, best known as a documentary film-maker, accompanies the imprisoned women and offers insight into everyday prison life. Every image tells its own story and every detail a life in this hostile environment. Taking a sensitive approach Kerekes operates on the border between factualness and fiction, as when in a series of discussions real-life prisoners give insight into their inner lives, motherhood and the motives for their actions. Detached from time the abandonment of these women, destined to spend motherhood alone, is dissected.
Ivan Ostrochovský, Peter Kerekes
Maryna Klimova, Iryna Kiryazeva, Lyubov Vasylyna
Ivana Kurincová, Jiří Konečný, Denis Ivanov, Peter Kerekes, Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda
Peter Kerekes - was born in Košice, Slovakia, and graduated from the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, earning a degree in film directing.
In 2003, he directed and produced his debut feature documentary, 66 SEASONS, which became a festival hit and won several awards, including the Best Film Award at DocAviv.
His next feature documentary, COOKING HISTORY (2009), received the Prix Arte nomination for Best Documentary at the European Film Awards, among other plaudits. Kerekes's 2013 feature documentary, VELVET TERRORISTS, co-directed by Pavol Pekarčík and Ivan Ostrochovský, won the FEDEORA Award at the Karlovy Vary IFF and celebrated its international premiere at the Berlinale Forum, winning the Tagesspiegel Readers’ Award.