International Competition

107 Mothers

Peter Kerekes
Screening time  
05.04. / Tuesday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 3 Ticket
07.04. / Thursday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 3 Ticket

Lesya has committed a crime of passion which brings her a seven-year sentence in one of Odessa’s women’s correctional facilities. She has just given birth to her first child, and now she is entering a world populated only by women: inmates, nurses and wardens, women of all ages, wives and widows, daughters, sisters, pregnant women, and women with children. If not for the colour of the uniform, it would sometimes be hard to tell who is who. Director Kerekes delivered an authentic collective testimony of the convicted mothers, their loneliness and flashes of happiness. 107 Mothers was Slovakian contender for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.


Peter Kerekes

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 (ZagrebDox 2014), 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. Kerekes also produced the omnibus documentary Occupation 1968 (2018), and co-produced The White World According to Daliborek (2017) and The Wind. A Documentary thriller (2019, ZagrebDox 2020).

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Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovakia
2021, 90'

Directed by:
Peter Kerekes

Screenplay by:
Ivan Ostrochovský, Peter Kerekes

Martin Kollar

Edited by:
Martin Piga, Thomas Ernst

Lucia Chuťková

Ivan Ostrochovský, Ivana Kurincová, Jiří Konečný, Denis Ivanov, Peter Kerekes, Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda

Produced by:
Punkchart films, Radio and Television of Slovakia, Endorfilm, Arthouse Traffic, Peter Kerekes Film, Hypermarket Film

Festivals & Awards:

Venice FF – Orizzonti: Best Screenplay (2021)
Chicago IFF: Best Director (2021)
Cottbus FF: Best Film (2021)
San Sebastián IFF (2021)


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