CONVENIENCE STORE, de Michael Borodin

Convenience Store de Michael Borodin

Produkty 24 by Michael Borodin

Russie, Slovénie, Turquie – 2022 – 106min

Russian Federation, Slovenia, Turkey – 2022 – 106min



Première mondiale

World premiere

Presse internationale et française

French and international press


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.