St. Anthony Main Theatre 4 Fri, Apr 21, 2017 9:30 PM
Marcus Rochester Cinema Tue, Apr 25, 2017 9:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00
Student (Box Office Only):$8.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:World Cinema
Competition: Emerging Filmmaker
Women's Issues
Human Rights
Voice Category:Take Me Away
Release Year:2016
Runtime:100 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Luxbox
Director:Michael Koch
Producer:Claudia Steffen
Christoph Firedel
Cinematographer:Bernhard Keller
Screenwriter:Michael Koch
Editor:Florian Riegel
Principal Cast:Margarita Breitkreuz
Georg Friedrich
Olga Dinnikova
Sahin Eryilmaz
Filmography:Debut Feature


Having escaped a bleak future in the Ukraine, tough Marija, with her hapless friend Olga, is a hotel chambermaid in Dortmund, Germany, working hour after hour and day after day to squirrel away money in the hopes of a better life. But Marija isn’t content to simply eke out a living working amongst the wealthy—she has dreams, especially to open her own beauty salon. And if that dream compels her to steal, commit violence, and then turn to the streets, so be it. Seemingly immune to physical and emotional pain, Marija works her way through the lowest rungs of Germany’s immigrant society, determined to succeed at any cost, even the destruction of her very soul.

Starring the brilliant stage actress Margarita Breitkreuz, who brings cunning and steely intensity to the role, and helmed by acclaimed director Michael Koch, Marija is “[An] aesthetically powerful debut that promises some intriguing surprises.” — Cineuropa

Director’s Biography

Michael Koch: Director-screenwriter Michael Koch began his film career as an actor, before directing several shorts and the documentary We Are the Faithful, a Prix Canal Plus winner at France’s Clermont-Ferrand shorts festival in 2006. Koch’s graduation short, Polar, took the German Short Film Prize in 2009.

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