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23rd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival


2018, Bruno Gascon, Portugal, 113 min.
With Michalina Olszanska, Victor Norte

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 13th 8:00pm
  • Mon, Mar 16th 8:00pm

A transport semi pulls off the road in a remote location to disgorge its illegal cargo: women and children smuggled from Eastern Europe. These passengers seeking a better life, including stoic but frightened Viktoriya (Olszanska), are delivered into the hands of human traffickers, who load them into vans to sort them at their lair. Before the women are shipped off to brothels, the process of breaking them down with beating and rape begins. Viktoriya’s effort to protect a child marks her as a troublemaker. Director Gascon divides this brutally realistic chronicle between a harrowing bid for freedom and guilt-ridden truck-driver António’s (Norte) efforts to extricate himself from bondage to the Russian brother and sister mobsters who control their operation through the ruthless use of force. In English, Russian, and Portuguese with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. Courtesy of Dark Star Pictures. (BS)

Note: Includes sexual violence.

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