Anna's War

  • 75'
  • Russia
  • 2018

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.

Director
Alexey Fedorchenko
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Russia
Production Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2018
Length
75'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Voina Anny
Languages
Russian, Ukrainian, German
Producers
Andrey Saveliev / SAGa, Artem Vasilyev / Metrafilms, Maxim Lojevsky, Dmitriy Vorobyov / February 29th
Production Companies
SAGa, Metrafilms, February 29th
Sales
Media Luna New Films
Screenplay
Natalya Meshchaninova, Alexey Fedorchenko
Cinematography
Alisher Khamidkhodzhaev
Editor
Hervé Schneid, Pavel Khanyutin
Sound Design
Vincent Arnardi
Cast
Marta Kozlova