Marija

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    Marija

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    Germany, Switzerland

    2016

    100 min

    • German

    Drama

    Marija, a young Ukrainian woman, cleans hotel rooms in Dortmund (Germany) but dreams of owning her own hair salon. Determined to reach that goal, she is willing to compromise her body, her social relationships and even her own feelings in the process.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Margarita Breitkreiz
    Georg Friedrich
    Sahin Eryilmaz
    Olga Dinnokova
    Screenplay
    Michael Koch
    Juliane Großheim
    Cinematography
    Bernhard Keller
    Editing
    Florian Riegel
    Sales
    LUXBOX
    Production
    PANDORA FILM PRODUKTION GMBH

    Press

    An aesthetically powerful debut that promises some intriguing surprises.

    Muriel Del Don, Cineuropa

    Michael Koch

    Michael Koch

    Switzerland

    I prefer portraying the daily lives of my characters through the actors’ bodies.

    Michael graduated from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany. Besides his studies, he worked as an actor in various Swiss films. He wrote and directed several successful short films including Poolside, which premiered in Competition at Locarno 2006, WE ARE THE FAITHFUL, which won the Canal+ Prize at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2006, and Polar, which received a Special Mention at Berlinale 2009 and won the German Camera Award as well as the German Short Film Award 2009. Michael’s debut feature film MAIRJA had its world premiere in Competition at Locarno 2016. The film was internationally screened at several festivals such as Toronto, Busan, Angers and Gothenburg, winning numerous national and international prizes. A PIECE OF SKY is his second feature film project.