Anna


1h 40m 1994

Brief Synopsis

Nikita Mikhalkov began filming his six-year-old daughter Anna each year on her birthday at a time when home movies where illegal in the Soviet Union. His questions (What do you want most? What do you hate?) receive imaginative answers from the child (a pet crocodile; beet soup). With political indoc

Film Details

Also Known As
Anna 6-18, Anna: 6-18
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1994

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Synopsis

Nikita Mikhalkov began filming his six-year-old daughter Anna each year on her birthday at a time when home movies where illegal in the Soviet Union. His questions (What do you want most? What do you hate?) receive imaginative answers from the child (a pet crocodile; beet soup). With political indoctrination, Anna's greatest wish becomes "peace," her greatest fear "war." Perestroika's cataclysmic changes and Anna's more complex teenage responses are explored through newsreels and documentary scenes which record some of the outer edges to which a newly liberated people flock (e.g. a televised birthday party for a particularly flamboyant transvestite). Mikhalkov searches for the essential meaning of the lost Soviet empire, not in its pomp and slogans, nor in the rise and fall of its famous leaders, but in its effects upon the impressionable mind of Anna and, by implication, a generation who grew up under the weight of a dying order, and now look toward an uncertain but hopeful future.

Film Details

Also Known As
Anna 6-18, Anna: 6-18
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1994

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the award for Best Documentary at the 1996 Hamptons International Film Festival.

Released in United States Fall November 13, 1996

Released in United States on Video February 16, 1999

Released in United States February 1994

Released in United States October 1996

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama) February 10-21, 1994.

Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival (Truth is Stranger...) East Hampton, New York October 16-20, 1996.

Released in United States Fall November 13, 1996 (NY)

Released in United States on Video February 16, 1999

Released in United States February 1994 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama) February 10-21, 1994.)

Released in United States October 1996 (Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival (Truth is Stranger...) East Hampton, New York October 16-20, 1996.)