Fate granted Anna Akhmatova immense poetic talent, beauty, fame and a brilliant generation. Then came the executions of her loved ones, hunger, wars, revolutions, Soviet terror, isolation, betrayal. Yet Akhmatova emerges victorious, armed with mere words of poetry that—too dangerous to commit to paper—had to be memorized to be preserved.A Film follows this story reminiscent of an antique tragedy. Its participants, aside from the heroine, include Apollo and the muses, Dido and Aeneas from her beloved record of Purcell, Amedeo Modigliani, witches and visitors, statues and sovereigns, portraits and artists, armies and gardens, Paris and Leningrad, the storyteller and eternal chorus of milling crowds. The poet Anatoly Naiman, talks about Anna Akhmatova he knew and travels to the places she has left.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Helga Landauer was born in Moscow, Russia, where she studied Screenwriting at Russian Major Film School (VGIK) and received her Bachelor's and Master of Fine Arts degree and worked on Russian National Television writing and directing programs for broadcast. Her poems have been published and reviewed in major Russian magazines and anthologies, translated into Swedish, English and Vietnamese languages. She has written three books of poetry. Screenplays "Nobody Can" (1989), "The Concert" (1991) and "Patterns" (1992) have been produced into short feature films. Since 1996, she lives in the United States.Helga works as a writer and filmmaker. Her films have been selected to many international film festivals, including IDFA, Madrid Documenta, Spain, Full Frame, USA, FIFA, Canada, among others.