2014, Russia
128 min., col., 1:1.85, Dolby Digital 5.1, language — Russian

Director Anna Melikian
Scriptwriters Anna Melikian and Andrei Migachev, with participation from Viktoria Bugaeva
DoP Alisher Khamidkhodzhaev
Production Design Uliana Riabova
Costume Design Anna Chistova
Music Alina Orlova, Anna Drubich, Igor Vdovin
Sound Kirill Vasilenko
Editing Dasha Danilova, with participation from Pavel Ruminov
Cast: Tina Dalakishvili, Severija Janušauškaite, Pavel Tabakov, Andrei Smoliakov, Juozas Budraitis, Alexander Shein, Gosha Kutsenko
Producers Ruben Dishdishian, Anna Melikian
Production Film Company Magnum

The lives of three people collide and fancifully intertwine, closely linking their fates. A 15-year-old teenager, misunderstood by the world; his worldly and haughty young stepmother who is capable of true feelings and genuine attachment only on the verge of death; and the debuting actress who is naturally untalented, but has a passionate love for life. This is a tragicomedy about the inscrutability of love and destiny, about the vulnerability of our existence.

  • Best Director Prize; ORFF «Kinotavr»-2014

Scriptwriter, director, producer. Born in Baku, raised in Yerevan, lives in Moscow. Graduated from the director’s faculty of the Film Institute VGIK (2002, workshop of S. Soloviev, V. Rubinchik); on invitation of the Goethe Institute trained with various German film companies. Her student shorts became prize-winners at over forty international film festivals, and have been purchased by the film museums in Rome and Melbourne. In 2002-2005 she made documentary films for TV. Since 2005 she manages her own film company, Magnum. The second full-length film «The Mermaid» (2007) received a prize for best direction at the Sundance festival (US), the FIPRESCI award at Berlin IFF, the Grand Prix at Sofia and Yerevan IFF, the «Independent Camera» at Karlovy Vary IFF, and also a prize for Best Actress at Kinotavr 2007.