Iska's Journey
(Iszka utazása)

feature, 35mm, 93 minutes, 1:1.85

PREMIER (HUNGARY): 2007.

Iska is a twelve year-old girl living on the streets in a coalmining town in Eastern Europe. The story follows her initiation journey from her small town until the Black Sea where she becomes a victime of traffic in women and girls. Street children play themselves in this story which is full of their vitality and eagerness to escape their fate.  When Iska is taken to an orphanage and asked if her parents hurt her, she is happy to answer, 'They do not beat me every day.'

Creators

Csaba Bollók Director
Csaba Bollók Screenplay
Francisco Gózon Director of photography
Judit Czakó Editor
Balázs Temesvári Music
András Vámosi Sound
Razvan Radu, Csaba Czene Visual design
Melinda Domán Costumes
Ágnes Magyar Production manager
Ágnes Csere Producer
Merkelfilm Production company
Ágnes Csere, Mária Varga, Marian Ursache, Rozália Varga, Marius Bodochi, Noémi Fodor, Dan Tudor, Zsolt Bogdán, Ibolya Csonka, János Derzsi, Csilla Ababi, Réka Csutak, Eugen Colonel, Anna Maria Geangos, Romulus Tordea Cast

Awards

Ourense International Independent Film Festival - 2007 Special Prize of the Jury
Trondheim KOSMORAMA - 2007 Special Mention
Almaty Shaken's Stars - 2008 Category Prize
Ivanovo Zerkalo - 2008 Best Actress
Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth - 2008 Main Prize of
Monterrey International Film Festival - 2007 Main Prize
Budapest Hungarian Film Week - 2007 Main Prize - Best
Brussels Festival of European Film - 2007 Best Actress: Mária Varga, Rózsika Varga, Marian Ursache
Freistadt "Der Neue Heimatfilm" Festival - 2008 Special Mention
Houston Worldfest - 2008 Gold Remi Award
Reykjavik International Film Festival - 2007 Golden Puffin (main prize)
Sarajevo Film Festival - 2007 Special Mention
Ivanovo Zerkalo - 2007 Russian Film Critics' Award

Festivals

Copenhagen BUSTER - 2008
Melbourne International Film Festival - 2008
Seville Film Festival - 2007 (in competition)
Dubrovnik LIBERTAS - 2009
Les Arcs European Film Festival - 2009
Bergamo Film Meeting - 2010
Seattle International Film Festival - 2007
Warsaw International Film Festival - 2007 (in competition)
Copenhagen CPH:PIX - 2007
Cleveland International Film Festival - 2008 (in competition)
Setúbal FESTROIA  International Film Festival - 2007 (in competition)
Jerusalem International Film Festival - 2007
Toronto International Film Festival - 2007
Trieste Film Festival - 2008 (in competition)
Edinburgh-London New Europe Film Festival - 2009
Chicago International Film Festival - 2007
Calcutta International Film Festival - 2008
Ankara International Film Festival - 2008
Vancouver International Film Festival - 2007
Istanbul Rendez-Vous - 2007
Lyon Hors Ecran - 2008 (in competition)
London Film Festival - 2007
Guadalajara International Film Festival - 2007
Palm Springs International Film Festival - 2008
Busan International Film Festival - 2007
Rome TekFestival - 2008 (in competition)
Bermuda International Film Festival - 2008 (in competition)
San Jose Cinequest - 2008
Prague FEBIOFEST - 2008 (in competition)
Palic International Film Festival - 2008
Cluj-Napoca Transilvania - 2008
Vlissingen Film by the Sea - 2007
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival - 2007
London East End Film Festival - 2009
Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival - 2007
Hong Kong International Film Festival - 2008
Stockholm JUNIOR - 2008
Bellinzona Castellinaria International Young People - 2007 (in competition)
Syracuse International Film Festival - 2008
Dublin International Film Festival - 2008

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