Samal Yeslyamova in Trailer for Award-Winning Russian Drama 'Ayka'

January 10, 2019
Source: YouTube

Ayka Trailer

"You've got two days, got it? If you don't pay it by then… it's gonna turn ugly…" The Match Factory has debuted an official trailer for a Russian drama titled Ayka, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year where it won the Best Actress award. Samal Yeslyamova stars in the lead role as Ayka, a woman who just gave birth to a child, but has no money or job or any way to properly raise her child. The small cast includes Aleksandr Zlatopolskiy. Newcomer Samal Yeslyamova won the coveted Best Actress award in Cannes, and the film has picked up numerous awards at other festivals throughout last year. It's still seeking US distribution, so this is just a promo trailer to drum up interest in the film. This has some striking visuals, but seems so depressing and brutal in portraying a young woman struggling to survive in the chill of Russia.

Here's the first promo trailer (+ festival poster) for Sergei Dvortsevoy's Ayka, direct from YouTube:

Ayka Poster

A poor woman without a job struggles to raise her child. Ayka (Samal Yeslyamova) just gave birth. She can't afford to raise a child. She has no job, debts to be paid, not even a room of her own. But there is no way to suppress her natural instincts. Ayka, originally titled Айка or The Little One, is directed by Russian filmmaker Sergei Dvortsevoy, director of the feature film Tulpan previously, as well as the documentaries Bread Day and Highway. The screenplay is written by Sergei Dvortsevoy and Gennadiy Ostrovskiy. This first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year, where it won the Best Actress award. It also won the Cinema Extraordinaire award at the Bergen Film Festival, and the New Voices Award at the Oslo Films from the South Festival. No official US release date for Ayka is set yet. Stay tuned for updates. First impression?

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Yeah, it doesn't have enough of Americana flavor so it's less interesting. Although, stories like this are horrifying everywhere ...

shiboleth on Jan 10, 2019


In it's simple simplicity, there's something interesting going on.

THE_RAW_ on Jan 10, 2019


...'simple simplicity'? Raw?, man...just had to good naturally rawhide you over that bit of redundancy...carry Plus, I agree...there is something interesting going on in this trailer and film. Life is so hard and so rough for so many people it's suggestible for one to be grateful for one's own life that doesn't have these kind of miserable hardships and terrible human beings holding rule over them. That's truly something to be grateful for and so many forget that.

thespiritbo on Jan 10, 2019


Ha! And I immediately regret that decision. You've adopted a new moniker @npr-be1b4d5930a3ad3b5ada2a8236376237:disqus Bo?

THE_RAW_ on Jan 11, 2019


Yea, but I don't know how or why. It's a disqus thing and I don't understand it at all. I don't get notified of getting replies like I used to and it changed to this new handle. Beats me, actually loved your redundancy of 'simple simplicity''s weird but it

thespiritbo on Jan 11, 2019


Well, I revoke my regret and stand by original decision lol. And I dig the new moniker. It's a bit transcendental .

THE_RAW_ on Jan 14, 2019


Very nice. She looks tough as nails.

DAVIDPD on Jan 12, 2019

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