The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary


Katerina Borisova  / Director
Eleni Dekidis  / Producer
Alexandra Genova  / Writer

MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2020

MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2020: Project & Participant selection
MIDPOINT Feature Launch starts the 2020 edition
MIDPOINT Feature Launch showcase at KVIFF Eastern Promises
KVIFF & MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2020 present: THE SANCTUARY


Irina (40), a single mother of Kalina (18), is running her own fitness center. When her best friend is brutally beaten by her fiancé, Irina hides her in a small village where she used to live 15 years ago before a car accident killed her husband. The life in the old house resurrects Irina’s darkest secret – her own past of a victim. Gradually, Irina transforms the house into a sanctuary where women, victims of domestic abuse, hide and take care of each other. Problems arise when media, police and husbands start looking for the women. The relations between Irina and Kalina also get tense as Irina becomes more controlling while still trying to keep secret of her past. The unexpected death of Irina’s best friend pushes Irina to confess Kalina the dark truth about their own family and the two team-up to make a global campaign named #Talkaboutit to help other victims truly heal, not hide.