The film written and to be directed by Dekel Berenson is inspired by his same-name 2019 short, which premiered in competition at Cannes before going on to screen at TIFF and other major festivals. It’s a contemporary coming-of-age drama that follows Anna (Farmiga), a Ukrainian immigrant who is training to become a sergeant in the U.S. Army. After weeks at the military base, and as the Russian forces prepare to invade her home country, she’s sexually assaulted by another army officer. After returning to the base, she struggles to complete her course as she reconsiders her values, identity and place in an American army and society that’s not fighting for her, too.
Farmiga is a Ukrainian-American actress best known on the film side for her work in New Line’s horror The Nun, having also appeared in such titles as the Clint Eastwood-directed The Mule, and the Sundance-premiering What They Had with Michael Shannon and Hilary Swank. The actress most recently starred alongside Michael C. Hall in the Pascual Sisto indie John and the Hole, which premiered at Sundance 2021. She’ll next be seen in the second season of Julian Fellowes’ HBO series The Gilded Age, as well as The Nun 2.
Singer most recently produced Noah Baumbach’s Don DeLillo adaptation White Noise for Netflix. He’s also known for producing the Ethan Hawke-led Tesla and the sci-fi drama Marjorie Prime starring Geena Davis and Jon Hamm, among many other titles. Other upcoming projects include King of Oil, with Peter Landesman attached to direct, as well as Underworld — another DeLillo film adaptation, from writer-director Ted Melfi.
Berenson has also written, directed and produced the award-winning shorts Ashmina and The Girls Were Doing Nothing, and with Anna makes his feature directorial debut.
Farmiga is represented by CAA, Anonymous Content and Peikoff Mahan Law Office; Singer by Knol Law PC; and Berenson by Canopy Media Partners.
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