The Soviet Union, 1941: Anna, a six-year-old Jewish girl, regains consciousness under a layer of black earth. Close-ups of milky-white body parts reveal she is in a mass grave in which her family is buried. She climbs out and hides in a disused fireplace in the office of the commanding officer, observing the war from there. Her ingenuity, the items left behind by visitors who come and go, and the treasures she discovers in adjacent rooms help her to survive, simultaneously creating some absurdist, theatrical moments.
Meet the director
Aleksey Fedorchenko is one of the central figures in the new wave of Russian writer-directors. He began his career making short documentaries. His FIRST ON THE MOON (2005), considered to be the first Russian mockumentary, received the Orizzonti Award in Venice. Fedorchenko's feature films THE RAILWAY (2007), SILENT SOULS (2009), CELESTIAL WIVES OF THE MEADOW MARI (2012) and ANGELS OF REVOLUTION (2014) have received more than 20 awards at international film festivals. Since 2004, Fedorchenko has been co-owner, chief film director and producer at the 29th February Film Company.