With Love from Russia

With Love from Russia

The all-consuming desire to have a baby brings Dutch couple Willeke and Mario and a single Norwegian woman, Ulrika, to St. Petersburg. There, an egg and embryo donation will be fulfilling their heart’s desire. In the film With Love from Russia we follow their physical and emotional journey toward the longed for baby. What made them go all the way to Russia? Will their dream become reality? And, what motivates the Russian egg donors to do this and what are the risks? In the film we see how the desire to have a child has a dramatic impact on the life of western parents as well as on the life of the egg donors. From various perspectives, from the donor to the doctor to the prospective parents, their journey is documented and we see one of the prospective parents wrestle with the question: what if in time my child wants to know who his biological parents are?



Director: Jorien van Nes
Producer: Submarine
Co-producer: VPRO
Length: 55 min


Director: Jorien van Nes
Producers: Femke Wolting & Bruno Felix
Research: Manon van der Sluijs
Photography: Pim Hawinkels
Sound: Anneloes Pabbruwee & Carla van der Meijs
Film editor: Milika de Jonge NCE
Music: Fons Merkies
Interpreter and production Russia: Yulia Ochetova
Sound mix: Jan Willem van den Brink
Colour grading: Martin Klein
Title design: René Knip
Line producer: Ilja Roomans & Janneke van de Kerkhof
Production assistant: Roos de Ridder & Anjet Blinde
Production VPRO: Brigit Dopheide
Commissioning editor VPRO: Barbara Truyen
Publicity: Yaniv Wolf

With special thanks to:
Willeke, Mario, Quinten, Boaz & Loïs
Ulrika, William & Oliver
Maria, Sasha, Dima & Andrej
dr. Olga Zaytseff

Thanks to:
Staff and employees AVA St Peter
Angelique Gerritse
Luuk Mulder
Lieke van den Ouwelant
Katja Sokolova
Jetse Sprey
Bendik Stenseth
Rosa van Tienen

A Submarine film in co-production with VPRO with the support of Mediafonds.

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