Synopsis: Mukhabbat, lives and toils in a typical convenience store on the outskirts of Moscow. Just like other illegal migrants in the store she does not get a single ruble for her work and is not allowed to take even a short break. Mukhabbat puts an end to this life when the owner of the store abducts her newborn son.
Director’s Biography: Michael Borodin was born in Toytepa, a small town near Tashkent. 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 into the film school of Alexander Mitta.
In 2017 Borodin made a short fiction film on the annexation of Crimea. In 2018 his short Normal was a part of La Semaine de la Critique. Borodin works and lives in Uzbekistan and Russia, making films on pressing social issues.
Director: Michael Borodin
Duration: 106 minutes
Country: Russia, Slovenia, Turkey
Language: Uzbek, Russian
Screenplay: Michael Borodin
Cast: Zukhara Sanzysbay, Lyudmila Vasilyeva, Tolibzhon Suleimanov
Cinematography: Ekaterina Smolina
Editing: Alexandra Putsyato
Production: Metra films, Perfo Production Ljubljana, Karma Films, Vladislav Ogay, Alexey Grishin, Diloy Gülün, Ales Pavlin
Awards: CICAE Award – Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival 2022
Début Status: Arab Première