Experiencing Interruptions?


The conductor (Anna) suddenly leaves the city and lives alone in the northern forest on the seashore. One day a chorister (Aglaya) comes to her in the hope of returning Anna to her destiny, but herself remains there, where the understanding of time, the line between reality and dream is erased. Gradually the voice of the chorus girl becomes the inner voice of the silent conductor.

  • Liliya Timirzyanova
  • Liliya Timirzyanova
  • Liliya Timirzyanova
  • Elizaveta Shakira
    Key Cast
  • Alina Korol
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 2 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 31, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Russian Federation
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Asolo Art Film Festival
    August 28, 2021
    World Premier
  • Amur Autumn
    Russian Federation
    September 18, 2021
    Russian Premier
    Official Selection
  • El-Gouna
    October 18, 2021
    Arabic Premier
    Official Selection Out of Competition
    October 22, 2021
    Spanish Premier
    2nd prize
  • LONDON List-Off film festival
    United Kingdom
    December 23, 2021
    UK Premier
    Official Selection
  • Sputnik
    November 18, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Paris International Film Festival
    February 15, 2022
    French Premiere
    Special Jury Award
  • KARO ART film festival Moscow
    Russian Federation
    October 16, 2022
  • VGIK international film festival
    Russian Federation
    Best Production Design
Director Biography - Liliya Timirzyanova

Liliya Timirzyanova was born in a small Tatar
village. Childhood was spent in the fields and
forests. Her father was a photographer, at
nights he sat in dark rooms and developed
At the age of 17Liliya went to live in Kazan,
studied to be a philologist, at 18 moved to St.
Petersburg, which seemed to be another
planet, entered the St. Petersburg State
University. She began to travel a lot and
unrestrainedly, hitchhiking from the center of
St. Petersburg to any point in Europe, totally
alone only with a guitar, with which earned
her living for months.
Liliya studied at a music school as a classical
guitarist, at a music college as a conductor,
began a director's education, played in the
theater and staged several chamber
performances across Russia.
Liliya met many teachers, but she considers
the road to be the most important university,
only the road gave her a lively and a
quivering, naked, undisguised life experience.
After dozens of countries and nomadic life
she understands that there are so many life
stories, it remains only to see and record.
She believes that the main thing for a director
is intuition and the baggage of experience of
direct contact with life. It is important to be
able to hear falsehood in everything - in
yourself first of all, and then in people, in all

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Director Statement

This film was created purely as a way to talk
to the person I love. There were no festival
and other ambitions in it, the process was
driven only by faith. Perhaps that is why more
than a hundred professionals worked without
money at all stages of production on the film:
they had faith.
ANIMA was filmed in four days. During the
preproduction stage, the script was
repeatedly rewritten and the team changed,
many rehearsals were held with the actors to
save filming time: almost everything was
filmed from the first take. The longest was
post-production. As a musician in the past, I
am very sensitive to the sound in cinema. I
am honored that several great composers,
musicians and artists of the MusicAeterna
choir took part in the film. We worked
painstakingly on the film`s score, sound
design with my sound engineer and
musicians; for example, nature sounds
interspersed with female voices a cappella,
theremin, a wide variety of percussion
instruments and, of course, noises recorded
specifically for the film.
Now I am working on several projects: an art
documentary film about Hildegard von
Bingen, a short film based on a story by
Turgenev and a full meter of Russian-Greek
production. The main thing for me in working
on a film is that I cannot help but do this. In
the process of making a film I never feel
loneliness, that's probably the only
occupation which saves me.
In creating a film improvisation (with a clear
understanding of the structure of the film)
plays a big role.
ANIMA participates in many international
festivals, the film won the Grand Prix at the
Italian Film Festival in Asolo, 39 years ago, the
Grand Prix of which was given to Rublev
This year I am working at the Venice Film
Festival looking for a producer and sponsors for the next projects.