Russia 2008 119'
Director: Anna Melikian
Script: Anna Melikian, Natalia Nazarova
Camera: Oleg Kirichenko
Sound: Dmitry Levitskiy, Eduard Meerovich
Art Direction: Ulyana Ryabova
Costumes: Irina Grazhdankina
Editing: Alexander Andriuschenko, Karen Oganesian, Maxim Smirnov
Music: Igor Vdovin
Production: Ruben Dishdishian
With: Masha Shalaeva, Yevgeniy Tsyganov, Maria Sokova, Irina Scrinichenko, Albina Yevtushevskaya
Once upon a time is the best way to tell the incredible story of the adventures of the mermaid' Alisa in the Russian capital Moscow. There was a time when Alisa lived by the sea. Her life was nothing out of the ordinary. She dreamed of one day dancing in a ballet; she sang in a children's choir and attended a special school, because, at the age of six, she suddenly stopped speaking. None of which would be noteworthy, were it not for the fact that Alisa possessed a remarkable gift: the ability to fulfil wishes. At the age of 18 she leaves her coastal town for Moscow, where her destiny soon takes hold and she meets him a man whose desire to be saved and protected is pretty much written all over him. Alisa takes him by the hand and this changes her life.
This film by Azerbaijani director Anna Melikian is a modern fairy tale in which age-old myths and youthful imagination are merged in a surreal urban romance. The dream-like storyline is mirrored by the visual approach Anna Melikian has chosen to recount the adventures of a mermaid' who finds herself washed up inland.