An Israeli graduate of the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem received the top student film award at Cannes last week. Or Sinai won first place for her short film, ANNA. She was one of eighteen finalists selected from more than 2,300 student film submissions from 548 schools. ANNA stars Evgenia Dudina as a divorced woman… named ANNA… who given a rare chance to have some alone time without her son and away from work, goes around town in search of a brief moment of intimacy and love. The jury was led by Naomi Kawase and included Marie-Josée Croze, Jean-Marie Larrieu, Radu Muntean and Santiago Loza.
Evgenia Dudina also appears in Asaph Polonsky’s debut feature film, ONE WEEK AND A DAY, which received the Critics’ Week Award at Cannes. It was purchased by Dan Berger’s Oscilloscope Laboratories. Evgenia plays one half of a married couple. She and her husband cope with the death of their 25 year old son differently. While she returns to her daily life routine, her husband gets high with a young neighbor. The title refers to the week of shiva, and then the next day.