107 Mothers

107 Mothers

彼得・克雷克斯Peter KEREKES
  • Czech Republic
  • Slovakia
  • Ukraine
  • DCP

107 Mothers


Lesya, imprisoned for a crime of passion, faces seven years in an Odessa women's correctional facility. With her newborn, she enters a world filled solely with women—inmates, nurses, and wardens. Uniforms blur identities in this world of wives, widows, daughters, sisters, pregnant women, and children, making it hard to tell who is who.  

'I also wanted the film to deliver an authentic collective testimony of the convicted mothers, not only through their conversations with Iryna but also through the silent scenes—the loneliness they feel when their children are taken away and they despairingly finish their birthday cake; the flashes of happiness when the women briefly forget they're in prison. Visually, these scenes are treated almost like a photograph—a memory of a moment independent of space and time. I believe that what defined the women's relationship towards me was curiosity. I did not ask them to do anything; I did not order them around. I simply observed and listened to them, and what they were willing to share with me, I translated into this film.' - Peter KEREKES

Festivals & Awards
2021 Best Screenplay, Orizzonti, Venice FF
2021 Best Director, Chicago lFF
Director's Profile

Born in Košice, Slovakia, graduated from the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. In 2003, he directed and produced his debut feature documentary, 66 Seasons, which garnered 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. 107 Mothers (2021) is his latest film.

1994 Človek o knihe, kniha o človeku
1996 About Three Days in Jasov Monastery
1996 Balog Jozsef, Príbennik 66
1998 The Legends and Morytates of Ladomirova
2000 Zuzana from 8 am to 5 pm
2003 66 Seasons
2004 Helpers
2005 Pomník, ktorý nebol
2009 Cooking History
2009 Brno 1969
2012 Prvá
2013 Velvet Terrorists
2014 Slovakia 2.0: Second Chance
2015 Herec: Ivan Mistrík
2018 BATAstories
2020 Náhradníci
2021 107 Mothers
Producer/Story|Ivan OSTROCHOVSKÝ
Scriptwriter|Ivan OSTROCHOVSKÝ, Peter KEREKES
Cinematographer|Martin KOLLÁR
Editor|Martin PIGA, Thomas ERNST
Music|Lucia CHUŤKOVÁ
Sound|Tobiáš POTOČNÝ
Print Source
Films Boutique|Hsiao Wen CHIU|hsiaowen@filmsboutique.com


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