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Lesya has committed a crime of passion which brings her a seven-year sentence in one of Odessa’s women’s correctional facilities.
Nominated for Editing
Nominated for Directing
Nominated for Sound
Nominated for Cinematography
Original Title: Cenzorka Director: Peter Kerekes Country: Slovakia, Czech Republic & Ukraine Year: 2021 Duration: 93 min Producer: Ivan Ostrochovský

107 Mothers portrays an almost unbelievably beautiful, tender and horrowing story of loss and hope inside jail.  Lesya has just given birth to her first child, and now she is entering a world populated only by women: Inmates, nurses and wardens, women of all ages, wives and widows, daughters, sisters, pregnant women, and women with children. If not for the colour of the uniform, it would sometimes be hard to tell who is who.

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Peter Kereke's attention to detail and distinctive visual style gives this unusual and rewarding docufiction the feeling of slowly flipping through a photo book. Carefully balancing real life and fiction, he also manages to weave the stark, repetitive imagery the prison presents with the subtle humour and warmth of the many personalities.

Peter Kerekes was born in Košice, Slovakia, and graduated from the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, earning a degree in film directing. In 2003, he directed and produced his debut feature documentary, 66 SEASONS, which became a festival hit and won several awards, including the Best Film Award at DocAviv.

"I wanted the film to deliver an authentic collective testimony of the convicted mothers, not only through their conversations with Iryna but also through the silent scenes— the loneliness they feel when their children are taken away and they despairingly finish their birthday cake; the flashes of happiness when the women briefly forget they're in prison."

Filmography

66 sezón (2003)
Zamatoví teroristi (2013)