Festival year: 2011
Immigration drama in which Russian immigrant Tania finds herself in a detention centre after being arrested on her son Ivan’s thirteenth birthday. Her expulsion seems inevitable. This award-winning film at the Cannes Film Festival gives a poignant portrait of Belgium’s asylum policy.
In the following years, mother and son try to make the best of it. On Ivan’s thirteenth birthday, however, their quiet lives come to a brutal end when Tania is arrested and has to leave her son with a friend. Tania hopes to recover freedom by concealing her identity. She is completely powerless, though, in the face of the Russian mafia threatening her son and the perspective of being deported.
Belgium 2010, 91 min.
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