Iska's Journey (Iszka utazása)

(2007, feature, 35mm, color, 93 minutes, 1:1,85, DolbySRD)

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.'

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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 Mária Varga

Russian Film Critics' Award

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 Mária Varga

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

Berlin International Film Festival - 2007

Generation

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

National premiere:
2007