10/25, 13:00 · Od Nowa – new hall
Her name was Alisa and she used to live by the sea. She was living a completely ordinary life. She dreamt about ballet, sang in a children’s choir, and went to a special school. She stopped talking, when she was 6. When she was 17, she moved to Moscow, and she was 18, she met him... and disappeared. It happens all the time in big cities.
The Mermaid is a visually interesting storing about the growing up of a girl, who has believed that she has the power to make wishes come true, ever since her childhood. This colourful kaleidoscope of images and emotions from the life of the main heroine is dominated by the extraordinary performance of the main actress, Mariya Shalayeva.
|Editing:||Andrey Mesnyankin, Sergey Znamensky|
|Cast:||Mariya Shalayeva, Evgeniy Tsyganov, Mariya Sokova, Anastasiya Dontsova, Veronika Skugina|
|Awards:||Berlinale – Nagroda FIPRESCI / FIPRESCI Award (2008); MMF w Karlowych Warach / Karlovy Vary IFF – Nagroda dla Filmu Niezależnego / Independent Camera Award (2008)|
Anna Melikyan was born in 1976, in Baku. She studied at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography, under the supervision of Siergey Solovyov and Valeri Rubinchik. She is a director and screenwriter. She also worked for television, particularly for the Travel Guide Channel.