Born in Baku and growing up in Armenia, Anna is a writer, director, and producer. She moved to Moscow to attend film school and she graduated from the Russian State University of Cinematography at VKIG in 2002; her student short films “Adante”, “Let’s Fly”, “Poste Restante” and “Double Bass” won prizes at more than 40 international festivals and have been acquired by film museums in both Rome and Melbourne.
She directed her first feature film in 2004 called “Mars” which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival; however it was her follow-up film, “Mermaid” which won her widespread acclaim, landing her Best Director at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007 and propelling her into Variety’s Top 10 Directors to Watch. The film was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards.
Drawing cleverly on the myth of Cinderella, her 2014 film, “Star” is a sharp and funny anti- fairy-tale story, which won her Best Director at Kinotavr; and two years later, she won Best Film at both the Russian Golden Eagle Awards and the Sochi Film Festival for her relationship comedy, “About Love”. She produced and part-directed the follow up “About Love 2” in 2017, and is currently in post-production with her latest film, “Fairy”.
NATIONALITY: ARMENIAN - RUSSIAN