Beyond the Steppes

Director: Vanja d' Alcantara

written & directed by Vanja d’ Alcantara director of photography Ruben Impens production design by Marek Warszewski costume design by Magdalena J. Rutkiewicz production manager Marek Brodzki produced by Need Production, Lunanime co-producer Katarzyna Fukacz-Cebula co-produced by Akson Studio co-financed by The Polish Film Institute film website

cast Agnieszka Grochowska (Nina), Aleksandra Justa (Jadwiga), Tatiana Tarskaja (Irina), Borys Szyc (Roman), Ahan Zolanbiek (Batu)
colour, 83′
Poland, Belgium 2010


In 1940 Nina, a young Polish woman, is deported with her baby by the Soviet Army to the remote and inhospitable lands of the USSR. She has to work in a Sovkhoz guarded by the Russian political police. When her child becomes ill, she sets out on a search of medications with a group of Kazakh nomads. The film draws the intimate and personal experience of this woman, forced into exile, in her struggle against the extreme conditions of this inhuman land.


Vanja d’Alcantara
Born in 1977. Studied history and then went on to study film direction at the Brussels film school. Director of documentary films. “Beyond the steppes” is her feature debut.