The Slovak Republic's national submission for 2023 Academy Awards.

"...compelling, apprehensive feature debut."

"Blaško succeeds in creating a universal tale about two-class societies, repressed
xenophobia and racism, as well as broken hopes and dreams."


"Michal Blaško's tense social drama Victim shows how a caring mother
is unwittingly caught in a political tussle."


“A film that manages to raise issues of burning importance on a global level.”



When the son of Ukrainian immigrant Irina is attacked, the whole city stands up in solidarity with her family and condemns their Roma neighbors, who allegedly committed the crime. But soon another truth starts to emerge. VICTIM is a suspenseful drama about a woman seeking justice in a racist society, torn between family and the search for the truth.

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Director: Michal Blaško
Genre: Drama - Suspense, Racism, Immigration, Populism, Truths and Lies, Crime Investigation, Mother-Son Relationship
Original title: Obeť
English title: Victim
Country of production: Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Germany
Year of production: 2022
Length: 91
Color: Color
Shooting format: 2K
Screening format: DCP 2K
Original language: Ukrainian, Czech
Subtitles: English

Cast: Vita Smachelyuk, Gleb Kuchuk, Igor Chmela, Viktor Zavadil, Inna Zhulina, Alena Mihulová, Veronika Weinhold, Gabriela Míčová and Claudia Dudová
Scriptwriter: Jakub Medvecký
Director of photography: Adam Mach
Production designer: Stella Šonková
Editor: Petr Hasalík
Sound design: Clemens Endreß
Sound mixing: Matthias Schwab
Producers: Jakub Viktorín, Pavla Janoušková Kubečková
Co-producers: Saar Yogev, Naomi Levari, Michael Reuter
Production company: nutprodukcia, nutprodukce
Co-production company: Electric Sheep, Czech Television, Radio and Television Slovakia
Supported by: Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Czech Film Fund, Eurimages, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Fund, Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA, Jihomoravský fond, Ústecký kraj, Plzeňský kraj

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Festivals / Awards

Venice FF, Italy - Orizzonti Section
Toronto IFF, Canada - Contemporary World Cinema
Cinematik, Slovak Republic
Finále Plzeň, Czech Republic
Filmfest Hamburg, Germany - Hamburg Producers Award for International Cinema Co-Productions
Busan IFF, South Korea - Flash Forward
Festival do Rio, Brazil 
Leiden IFF, Netherlands
Bosphorus FF, Turkey - Fedeora Award
Thessaloniki IFF, Greece
Arras Film Festival, France
Cairo IFF, Egypt - Critcs' Week competition - Special Mention
Efebo d'Oro, Italy - Premio Efebo Prospettive Award
Filmfest Cottbus, Germany
PÖFF Black Nights FF, Estonia
Tertio Millennio FF, Italy
Terraviva FF, Italy
AFI European Union Film Showcase, USA
World Film Festival of Bangkok ,Thailand - Best Screenplay
Chennai IFF, India
International Film Festival of Kerala, India
Kolkata International Film Festival, India
Trieste Film Festival, Italy
Palm Springs IFF, USA 
Göteborg FF, Sweden
West Virginia International Film Festival, USA
Pune International Film Festival, USA
Europa! Europa, Australia
Dublin IFF,  Ireland - Best Debut Feature
Belgrade International Film Festival – FEST, Serbia
Glasgow Film Festival, UK
Chicago European Union Film Festival, USA
Stockfish, Island
Hong Kong International Film Festival, China
Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival, USA
Neisse Film Festival, Germany
Human Rights film Festival in San Sebastian, Spain
Europe on Screen, Indonesia
Taipei Film Festival, Taiwan
Lubuskie Lato Filmowe, Poland
Tofifest, Poland
Ceau, Cinema!, Romania
Vukovar Film Festival, Croatia
Cinefest Miskolc, Hungary
IGRIC Awards, Slovakia - Best Female Lead, Slovak Film Critics Award for Best Feature Film in Cinemas
Cineast, Luxembourg
Filmfest Sundsvall, Sweden
Lugano Human Rights Film Festival, Switzerland
London Migration Film Festival, UK


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