Voina Anny

Ukraine, 1941: a Jewish girl regains consciousness under a layer of black earth. Close-ups of milky-white body parts reveal she is in a mass grave. The images are of great beauty despite all their horror. Director Alexey Fedorchenko (Silent Souls, 2010; Angels of Revolution, 2014) modestly, empathically tells the true story of six-year-old Anna, who views the war from her hiding place in a building taken over by the Nazis. The guard dog outside imprisons her. The threat of discovery is constant.

Her ingenuity, the items left behind by the slowly alternating visitors and the treasures she discovers in the adjacent rooms help her survive, simultaneously creating some absurdist, theatrical moments. This ode to children's resilience and ingenuity hinges on the phenomenal child actress Marta Kozlova.

Filmmaker
Alexey Fedorchenko
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Russia
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
75’
Language
Russian, Ukrainian, German
Producer
Andrey Saveliev, Artem Vasilyev, Maxim Lojevsky, Dmitriy Vorobyov
Production Company
SAGa, Metrafilms, February 29th
Sales
Media Luna New Films
Writer
Natalya Meshchaninova, Alexey Fedorchenko
Cinematography
Alisher Khamidkhodzhaev
Editor
Hervé Schneid, Pavel Khanyutin
Sound Design
Vincent Arnardi
Cast
Marta Kozlova