Produkty 24

Convenience Store
In the back room of a small supermarket in suburban Moscow, a modest wedding is being celebrated. A harmonious community of immigrant workers, you might think. But Mukhabbat’s face looks troubled. The Uzbek is an immigrant worker at “Produkty 24”. Despite being pregnant, she toils day and night in cramped conditions as a member of a pseudo-family of labourers under the iron rule of shop owner Zhanna. Those who disobey or even try to run away are brutally abused. Meanwhile, the police look the other way and even join in, helping themselves to anything in the shop – even the people – free of charge. But then, when not just Mukhabbat’s passport but the most important thing in her life is taken away from her, she decides to break free.
Michael Borodin’s debut feature film is a daring and alarming journey into that heart of darkness called modern slavery. As we accompany his reticent heroine from the claustrophobic gloom of the Russian metropolis to the white expanse of the director’s Uzbek homeland, the film turns from horror story into road trip, and shows us, at times surreally, the reality of life in the new Russia. It is based on the true case of the so-called “Golyanovo slaves” which came to light in 2016 and remains a thorn in the side of Russian justice and politics. This film could save lives.
by Michael Borodin
with Zukhara Sanzysbay, Lyudmila Vasilyeva, Tolibzhon Suleimanov, Nargiz Abdullaeva, Asel Tuytubaeva, Kamila Mukhlisova, Lyubov Korolkova, Daniyar Artykbaev, Zukhra Ashurova
Russian Federation / Slovenia / Turkey 2022 Uzbek,  Russian 106’ Colour World premiere

With

  • Zukhara Sanzysbay (Mukhabbat)
  • Lyudmila Vasilyeva (Zhanna)
  • Tolibzhon Suleimanov (Bek)
  • Nargiz Abdullaeva (Zalina)
  • Asel Tuytubaeva (Mavlyuda)
  • Kamila Mukhlisova (Lola)
  • Lyubov Korolkova (Sveta)
  • Daniyar Artykbaev (Bakhrom)
  • Zukhra Ashurova (Gulnara)

Crew

Written and Directed byMichael Borodin
CinematographyEkaterina Smolina
EditingAlexandra Putsyato
MusicAleksey Polyakov
SoundIgor Gladkiy
Production DesignVladislav Ogay
CostumesOlga Chelyapova, Timur Katkov
Make-UpMaria Tutukina, Elena Fokina
CastingElina Ternyaeva
Assistant DirectorElena Saprykina
Line ProducerMaksim Dobromyslov
Creative ProducerJulia Shaginurova
ProducerArtem Vasilyev
Co-ProducersAleš Pavlin, Andrej Štritof, Diloy Gulun
Co-ProductionKarma Films, Istanbul
Perfo Production, Ljubljana

Produced by

Michael Borodin

Born near Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 1987, he began making films when he was 18. In 2020, he moved to Moscow where, living as a migrant worker, he found work as a delivery guy and an odd-job man before finally having the chance to enrol in a film school there. After graduating, he went on to produce and direct commercials and music videos and founded his own production company, Sneg. His short film Normal screened in the Semaine de la Critique at Cannes.

Filmography

2017 Crimea Is Ours; short film 2018 Normal; short film 2019 Registration; short film 2022 Produkty 24 (Convenience Store)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022