By Sergei Loznitsa

With Vasilina Makovtseva, Marina Kleshcheva, Lia Akhedzhakova, Valeriu Andriuta, Boris Kamorzin, Sergei Kolesov

Synopsis A woman lives alone on the outskirts of a village in Russia. One day she receives a parcel she sent to her incarcerated husband, marked 'return to sender'. Shocked and confused, the woman has no choice but to travel to the prison in a remote region of the country in search of an explanation. So begins the story of a battle against this impenetrable fortress, the prison where the forces of social evil are constantly at work. Braving violence and humiliation, in the face of all opposition, our protagonist embarks on a blind quest for justice.

Production Slot Machine

Duration 2h23
Year of production 2017
Release date France 16th of August 2017
Nationality France, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands
Script Sergei Loznitsa
Distribution France Haut et Court
International Sales Wild Bunch

Official Selection of the 75th Cannes Film Festival

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Coproducers Arte France Cinéma, GP Cinéma Company, Looksfilm, Studio Uljana Kim, Wild at Art, Graniet Film, Solar Media Entertainment

In association with Wild Bunch, Haut et Court, Potemkine Films, Atoms & Void, Film Angels Studio

 With the support of Eurimages, Aide aux Cinémas du Monde, Aide à la Coproduction Franco-allemande, Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée, Institut Français, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Filmförderungsanstalt, Netherlands Film Fund, Netherlands Film Production Incentive, National Film Centre of Latvia, Riga Film Fund, Lithuanian Film Centre, Lithuanian National Radio and Television, le Programme Europe Créative MEDIA de l'Union Européenne


Format Scope, Sound Dolby Digital 5.1
Image Olec Mutu, RSC

Sound Vladimir Golovnitski
Editing Daniellus Kokanauskis

Costumes Dorota Roqueplo
Art director Juris Zukovskis