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Origem Origin

País de Origem Origin Country United Kingdom
País de Rodagem Filming Country Ukraine

Metragem e Género Footage and Genre

Duração Runtime 0:14:59

Tipo de Projecto Project Type Short
Género Genre Drama, Social Drama, Female Lead, East Europe, Human Rights

Idioma e Legendagem Language and Subtitling

Língua Language Ukrainian
Legendas Subtitles English

ANNA – Cannes Official Selection, BIFA winner for Best British Short, BAFTA shortlisted

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Sinopse Original Original Sinopsis

A viver no leste de uma Ucrânia devastado pela guerra, Anna é uma idosa mãe solteira que está desesperada por uma mudança. Atraída por um anúncio de rádio, ela vai à festa com um grupo de homens americanos que percorrem o país em busca do amor.

Sinopse Internacional Sinopsis

Living in war-torn Eastern Ukraine, Anna is an aging single mother who is desperate for a change. Lured by a radio advertisement, she goes to party with a group of American men who are touring the country, searching for love.

Mensagem do Realizador Director Statement
Director’s Statement I first visited Ukraine in 2012, while traveling across Europe in a van. It was an important step for me personally as my grandmother was born in Khust, a small Ukrainian border town. She witnessed how Ukraine, like the rest of Eastern Europe became a part of the USSR, and then later gained its independence, which is now once again threatened. When I went, I was fascinated by the mixture of Eastern and Western traditions, by the people, and was heartbroken by Ukraine’s poverty and the rampant corruption that plagues its institutions. In the nightclubs of Odessa, on a hot summer evening, I witnessed events similar to the ones depicted in Anna. These clubs are notorious for being hot spots for the type of men and women who seek others while harboring secret agendas. The men ogle women as if they were the pieces of meat hanging in Anna’s workplace. The women size up the men according to the perceived value of their shoes. The men, hoping to take advantage of the women’s despair and desire to move abroad, try to seduce them with promises of a possible relationship. The women, pretending to be unaware of the obvious scheme, make promises of their own and scam free drinks, expensive dinners, and gifts from the men. The savviest and most determined women will, in turn, seduce naive men with promises of love and everlasting marriage, only to quickly divorce them once they set foot in their new home country. So, each side attempts to take advantage of the other and more often than not fails at it but then returns the next evening for more of the same. For underneath the cynicism and objectification there is the driving force of hope, that on one of these evenings an interaction will lead to something deeper and more meaningful – a real connection based on genuine feelings, a relationship that will lead to a better life. After observing what went on at the nightclubs of Odessa I discovered the existence of the “love tours” that are depicted in Anna and found the subject compelling enough to return to Ukraine six years after my original visit, and capture it on film. In Anna the backdrop is wintry and cold, but regardless of a country’s regions everyone ultimately harbors dreams and aspirations. These international dating events, which have been organized since the fall of the Iron Curtain, continue to take place, with groups arriving in Ukraine many times a year. The mass parties in which men are usually outnumbered 1 to 10, now take place almost exclusively in East Ukraine, the industrial and more impoverished part of the country. Ironically, Svetlana Barandich who portrays Anna, participated in such an event more than 20 years ago. And, an actress that we auditioned for the role of the translator told us that she was recently hired as a translator for one of these events. She said that, similarly to the corresponding scene in Anna, she would make up conversations and that “All men and women were always Leo,” for it was the only astrological sign for which she knew the English word. This is an important story of hope and despair, one which I have attempted to capture as authentically as I could.

Biografia do Realizador Director Biography
Retrato de Dekel Berenson Dekel Berenson is a writer, director, activist and graphic designer. Drawing inspiration from traveling to more than sixty countries, Dekel explores real-world social and humanitarian issues. His second short film, “Ashmina” won several prizes, including Best Short Film award at the 59th Krakow Film Festival and Best Live Action Short at the 36th Jerusalem Film Festival, qualifying the film for Academy Awards consideration. His third film, “Anna”, premiered as Official Selection in Competition at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival and won the Best British Short Film award at the 22nd BIFA awards.

Data de Estreia Release Date May 2019

Data de conclusão year 2019-04-01

Exibições Exhibitions
Cannes Official Selection Cannes May 24, 2019 World Premiere France Toronto Int. Film Festival AFI Fest
Distribuição Distribution

poster de
Realização Director Dekel BerensonProdução Production 168 Wardour Filmworks

Produtores Producers Dekel Berenson, Merlin Merton, Olga Beskhmelnytsina

Elenco Keycast Svetlana Barandich , Anastasia Vyazovskaya, Eric R. Gilliatt , Alina Chornogub , Liana Khobelia, Istan Rozumny, Pavel Levitsky

Argumento Screenplay Dekel Berenson

Direcção de Fotografia (DoP) Direction of Photography Vova Ivanov

Direcção de Som Sound Direction Yegor Troyanovsky

Misturas de Som Sound Mix Andrii Nidzelskyi

Direcção de Arte Art Direction Yegor Troyanovsky

Figurinos Costumes Alexandra Klimovich

Caracterização Characterization Sasha Klimovich

Edição Editing Yegor Troyanovsky

Direcção Musical Musical Direction Andrii Nidzelskyi

Redes Sociais & WebsiteSocial Networks & Website



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