Director: Anders Morgenthaler, Germany | Denmark
The happily married, middle-aged executive is desperate: yet another miscarriage, a dismal diagnose, and Peter’s (Sebastian Schipper) refutation. Inadvertently, she hears about a prostitution-cum-infant-market enclave on the Czech border. Maria’s (Kim Basinger) near-obsession for a child overrides everything: marriage, career, and common sense. Impulsively Maria sets off; en route, she befriends a panda-dressed diminutive junkie. Their mutually beneficial deal is terminated in lieu of a fix. But, area customs impede and burden Christian’s (Jordan Prentice) gratification, necessitating a cautiously conciliatory reunion with Maria. Unaware how perilous an act this is, until an arrant Russian (Peter Stormare) catches up and introduces them to his reality: a violent, brutal world.