Past Films, Program 2


[UKRAINE / UK / ISRAEL] Anna, a middle-aged single mother, lives in a small industrial town in war-torn Eastern Ukraine. She works in a meat processing plant, lives in a rundown apartment and dreams for a better life for herself and her 16-year-old daughter. Desperate for a change, she is lured by a radio advertisement to attend a party organized for foreign men who are touring the country, searching for love. Despite not having been out for years she decides to take part in the event. At the party, Anna is confronted with the realities of old age, with the American men's real intentions, and by her underaged daughter who is also attending the event. Both mother and daughter realize the absurdity and indignity of the situation and abandon their dream for a better life. ANNA was nominated for a Palme d'Or at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, won the Best British Short at the 22nd BIFAs, was shortlisted for a BAFTA, and played at TIFF, AFI fest and dozens of other festivals. It is now nominated for the Israeli Oscar!


Directed by Dekel Berenson

Production Company ESSE Production House
Blue Shadows Films
168 Wardour Filmworks & Three Colors Films

Cast Svetlana Alekseevna Barandich