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"Mermaid" received the award at Sundance Festival

January 29 2008

Beginning of the year turned out for Russian filmmakers increased interest in them from America. No sooner had died away the fanfare about the abundance of Russian names and names in the list of nominees for the Academy Award "Oscar", as the Russian cinema drew the attention of American independent experts. Among the winners of Sundance - the largest independent film festival - was our film "Mermaid".

Its author, she won Anna Melikyan the prize for best direction in a game (international) competition. History restless inventor and dreamer Alisa from Russia came to the court at the festival, open to new names, ideas and surprises.

At the awarding ceremony of the festival director Geoffrey Gilmore said: "We are pleased that among the winners was 11 debutants. Each time the selected films, you do not know what surprises await you. 55-year-old debutant director or film from a country which, like Jordan, have never had before. "

As for "Mermaid", she gradually came to his home to her watery element, naturally merged with the "frozen river" and "agitated waters. "Frozen River" won the Grand Prix competition in the game. The problem of illegal immigration, as well as single mothers are still worried about the whole world and America in particular. Two days before Christmas, the heroine of the movie's husband, Ray disappears with all their family savings, leaving her with two children, and poor have to struggle for existence, together with a randomly encountered Indian woman, crossing the frozen river bedolag different from Canada to the United States.

At Sundance equivalent two competitions - a documentary and a game (each consisting of 12 paintings). Well formed and two equivalent of international competition. "Agitated water" - a picture-winner of the documentary competition. The film is made Companions of the famous American documentary by Michael Moore Tia Lessin and Carl Dean on the basis of sensational dramatic footage captured on video during Hurricane Katrina, rapper and her husband.

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