Ukraine / 2019 / fiction / 15' / World Stories. World of Women

Somewhere in Eastern Ukraine, in a place without prospects or hope for a change, Anna, who is a middle-aged single mother, decides to give life yet another chance. Under the influence of a radio advert she signs up for a soirée organised by a dating agency that provides matchmaking services for American men and Ukrainian women. Director Dekel Berenson, the laureate of the 59th Krakow Film Festival for his film "Ashmina", once again focuses his camera on female characters and proves his exceptional sense of observation and social streak. Although the story has a bitter flavour, one may find the elements of humour and optimism in it. The characters are portrayed with extraordinary warmth, even tenderness.

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Dekel Berenson is a writer and director. Drawing inspiration from travelling to more than sixty countries, Dekel explores real-world social and humanitarian issues. His 3rd short film Anna premiere in Competition at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, was shortlisted for a BAFTA, and won Best British Short at the 22nd BIFA awards. His short film Ashmina won numerous prizes, including Best Short Film at the 59th Krakow Film Festival and Best Live Action Short at the 36th Jerusalem Film Festival, qualifying the film for Academy Awards consideration. He is currently working on his first feature.

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