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by Michael Koch


Marija, a young Ukranian woman, earns a living as a cleaning woman in a hotel in Dortmund, but dreams of having her own hairstyling salon, and puts away some money each month. But when she is fired without notice, her dream is suddenly postponed to an uncertain future. Jobless and under financial pressure, she is forced to look for alternatives but, in order to achieve her goal, she is ready to discard her body, her social relationships and her own feelings.

international title: Marija
original title: Marija
country: Germany, Switzerland
sales agent: Luxbox
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Michael Koch
screenplay: Michael Koch, Juliane Grossheim
cinematography by: Bernhard Keller
film editing: Florian Riegel
art director: Petra Barchi
costumes designer: Peri de Bragança
producer: Christoph Friedel, Claudia Steffen
co-producer: Christof Neracher
production: Pandora Film Produktion, Little Shark Entertainment, Hugofilm Productions GmbH, ARTE Deutschland, SRF - Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, SRG SSR, WDR Westdeutscher Rundfunk
backing: Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, DFFF, BKM, FFA, BAK, Züricher Filmförderung and development supported by Media Development, BKM/FFA, Basler Multimedia
distributor: Frenetic Films


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Festival del film Locarno 2016

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