Oekraïne, 1941: een Joods meisje komt tot bewustzijn onder een zwarte laag aarde. Close-ups van melkwitte lichaamsdelen verraden dat ze in een massagraf ligt. In al hun gruwelijkheid zijn de beelden van een grote schoonheid. Ingetogen en empathisch vertelt regisseur Aleksei Fedorchenko (Silent Souls, 2010; Angels of Revolution, 2014) het waargebeurde verhaal van de zesjarige Anna, die vanuit haar schuilplaats in een door de nazi’s overgenomen gebouw de oorlog aan zich voorbij ziet trekken. De waakhond op het erf maakt haar tot gevangene; het  gevaar ontdekt te worden ligt voortdurend op de loer.

Haar vindingrijkheid, de kleinigheden die de naar verloop van tijd wisselende bezoekers achterlaten en de schatten die ze in de  aangrenzende ruimtes vindt, evenals de herinneringen aan haar familie en opvoeding, helpen haar te overleven en leveren tegelijk enkele absurdistische, theatrale momenten op.

Deze ode aan de veerkracht en vindingrijkheid van een kind wordt volledig gedragen door de fenomenale kindactrice Marta Kozlova.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT
A little Jewish girl and the Second World War. One and only hero. Cinematic space is limited to the insides of a fireplace, and the geography of events is limited to the classroom of a village school that had been turned into a Nazi commandant’s office. Inside the fireplace the girl finds a safe place where she makes a nest for herself. A home. Outside is an insane world of adults. We see it’s reflection in a bubbly amalgam on the old mirror. This is the story of survival and victory. Robinson Crusoe had it easier: he was an adult, he wasn’t alone, and he had a whole island for himself. Anna is six years old, no one is there to help her, and there is only a small chance of finding food at the commandant’s office. Thirst and hunger are a constant in Anna’s life. There are no flashbacks in the film because the past is dead. There is no future. There is only the present. Only what happens now is significant. The film isn’t black and white. Anna is a child and so there are many bright colours around her. The walls of the old school are blue and green. In the classroom there is a lot of red. On set there are many authentic Soviet school objects from the 30s and 40s. The soundscape of the film is diverse, there are dialogues from the Commandant’s office workers: Germans, Ukrainians, Russians. Also present are voices of soldiers: Germans, Frenchmen, Hungarians, Romanians. The German radio plays the propaganda programs and music. Neither the viewer nor Anna can understand it all but it makes no difference. What matters is located inside the fireplace, in the world of Anna. Her beautiful world is reaching further and further and soon it will encompass the entire planet Earth – and Anna will win the World War.
Aleksey Fedorchenko

Vanaf 2 mei 2019 is ANNA’S WAR te zien in de filmtheaters.

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Rusland; 2018; kleur; 75 minuten; Russisch, Oekraïens, Duits gesproken; Nederlands ondertiteld.

Credits

Regisseur:
Acteurs: Marta Kozlova, Ilya Belov, Sergey Fedorov, Konstantin Itunin
Productie: SAGa, Metrafilms, February 29th
Camera: Alisher Khamidkhodzhaev
Montage: Hervé Schneid, Pavel Khanyutin
Awards: Sakhalin International Film Festival 2018: Beste Regie; Sochi Open Russian Film Festival 2018: Special Jury Prize for Marta Kozlova
Scenario: Natalya Meshchaninova, Alexey Fedorchenko

Over de regisseur:

Film director, scriptwriter and producer Aleksey Fedorchenko is one of the central figures in the Russian independent new auteur films wave. His previous work includes art house hits such as Silent Souls (2010) and Angels of Revolution (2014). His work has played at international festivals such as Venice, Cannes, Moscow and Tallinn and has received numerous awards for his achievements both as a the director and scriptwriter. Aleksey Fedorchenko was born in 1966 in Sol-Iletsk, Orenburg region of Siberia. He has degrees in Engineering and Economics (Ural Polytechnic Institute) and in Film Studies & Scriptwriting from VGIK (Russian State University of Cinematography), the most prestigious film institute in Russia and Eastern Europe, which is the world’s oldest film school. Originally getting involved in the Film industry from financial background in 1990 (when he had become the deputy director of Sverdlovsk Film Studio) Aleksey Fedorchenko moved into the studio’s production department. Since 2000 he has managed and participated in the production of over 80 films. Since 2004 Aleksey Fedorchenko is a co-owner, chief film director and the general producer of 29th February Film Company.

Filmography

2017 Where has time gone?
Director Part: Breathing Куда ушло время? часть: Дышать Feature film in 5 parts by different BRICS film directors
Awards Golden Panda Award, Film Festival BRICS

2014 Angels of Revolution
Director
Ангелы Революции Feature film, 113 min
Awards & nominations Marcus Aurelius Award, Rome Film Festival Cineuropa Prize, Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival Special Award, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival White Elephant Award for Best Director, Russian Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics Award for Best Russian film, Moscow International Film Festival Nominated for Best Screenplay, Asia Pacific Screen Awards

2012 Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari
Director
Небесные жены луговых мари Feature film, 106 min
Awards FIPRESCI Prize, International Film Critic’s Awards, 13th goEast Festival of Central and Eastern European Films White Elephant Award for Best Screenplay, Russian Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics White Elephant Award for Best Cinematography, Russian Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics Audience Award, “Zerkalo” Andrey Tarkovsky VII International Film Festival Award for Best Cinematography, “Zerkalo” Andrey Tarkovsky VII International Film Festival Grand Prix, 13th T-mobile New Horizons International Film Festival Student Critics Jury Award, 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival

2012 The Fourth Dimension (Chronoeye)
Writer & director Четвертое измерение (Хроноглаз) Collection of 3 short films: Chronoeye part – 35 min
The Fourth Dimension is a collection of three standalone short films including Chronoeye by A. Fedorchenko.
Awards Special Jury Prize for Chronoeye, Russian Film Festival Vivat Kino Rossii, 2012

2010 Silent Souls
Director
Овсянки Feature film, 75 min
Awards & nominations Nominated for Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival, 2010 Ecumenical Jury Prize, Venice Film Festival, 2010 FIPRESCI Prize, Venice Film Festival, 2010 Golden Osella Award for Cinematography, Venice Film Festival, 2010 SIGNIS Award – Honorable Mention, Venice Film Festival, 2010 Nazareno Taddei Award, Venice Film Festival, 2010 White Elephant Award for Best Director, Russian Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, 2010 White Elephant Award for Best Film, Russian Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, 2010 Russian Film Directors Guild Prize, “Stalker” International Human Rights Film Festival, 2010 Award for Best director, Kinoshock Open Film Festival, 2010 Award for Best Director, Mar del Plata Film Festival, 2010 Grand Prix, Warsaw International Film Festival, 2010 First Prize, Polar Lights International Arctic Film Festival, 2011 Jury Award for Best director, Pacific Meridians International Film Festival, 2010 First prize, Middle East International Film Festival, 2010

2005 First on the Moon
Director Первые на Лунe Feature film, 75 min
Awards Special Prize, Kinoblick Festival, 2006 White Elephant Award for Best First Film, Russian Guild of Film Critics, 2005 Special Jury Prize, Warsaw Film Festival, 2005 Award for Best First Film, Russian Guild of Historians of Cinema and Film Critics, 2005 Best Documentary Award, Venice Film Festival (however, the film is not considered to be a documentary by the director)

2002 David
Writer & director Давид Documentary, 32 min. 2002 Kids of the White Graves Writer & director Дети белой могилы Documentary, 42 min.

 

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De pers over ANNA’S WAR

“The child’s eye view brings a fantastical and sometimes bizarre quality to this lean, urgent story of resourcefulness born of desperation.”
Screen Daily

“This latest feature from Russian writer-director Aleksey Fedorchenko (Silent Souls) is marked by plenty of memorable images and a solid mastery of craft.”
Hollywood Reporter

“Eigenlijk moet je Anna’s War gewoon gaan zien, want na Son of Saul een paar jaar geleden, hakt deze pure oorlogsfilm er ook wel even in.”
De Protagonisten

“Anna’s War is een intiem en persoonlijk verhaal wat vertelt wordt voor miljoenen anderen.”
De Filmrecensent

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