Director BIO: Anna Efimova (THEY TOLD ME)

Director Biography – Anna Efimova

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ANNA EFIMOVA. BIOGRAPHY.
Born on march 6, 1981. Since spring 2017 is a creative executive of one of the major Russian  film companies ART PICTURES.

She started her career in Russian film industry as scriptwriter's agent and head of «Scripts»  program of Contemporary Film and Theatre festival “Textura” (2010 – 2014). The most  successful project of Anna as an agent has become feature film “Spitak” (2017), directed by  famous Russian director Alexander Kott and dedicated to Armenian earthquake of 1988.

For  the next five years she worked as a script consultant for several TV channels and film  companies. The most significant work for “SAGA film” company turned to be a participant of  main program in Rotterdam Film Festival 2018 – this is a film “Anna’s war”, directed by 67  Venice Film Festival prize winner Alexey Fedorchenko.
“They told me” is Anna’s debut as a director and a scriptwriter.

Short Film: THEY TOLD ME, 6min., Russia, Experimental

Moscow. Coffee-to- go. A young woman runs into a man – he stands behind a glass
window on the street. As soon as he notices her watching him, he is trying to disappear.
She follows him, getting closer and closer, but loses his tracks in the city park. They
look like a couple that broke up – one has already moved on, and the other one is still in
pain. Sudden flashback makes her remember, where to go further to find him. She
enters the apartment he lives in to face a mystery, hoping to find a key to solve it. The
film reminds of so-called “silent scene studies”, so there are no words and no names.
That supports the main idea of certain unification: the loss is always a little death, no
matter who left. And no matter who he or she is.
The movie is based on a contemporary poem by Feodor Svarovsky «They told me that
you still love me». Poetic voiceover answers all the unspoken questions of the film.
Young musician and composer from Saint-Petersburg Grisha Levchenko and director of
photography Ksenia Sereda became fool-blooded co-authors of the film in the process
of work. At the time of shooting Ksenia was still a final year student of Gerasimov State
University of Cinematography.

  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Mne skazali
  • Film Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Romance
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Russian Federation
  • Film Language:
    Russian
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16%9
  • Film Color:
    Color