Taglines: Lately, she’s been contemplating love, exile, murder, and acting.
Anna is a middle-aged actress looking for work in New York City, with the help of her sometime lover, Daniel. She used to be a Czech film star married to the director Tonda, who is now successfully making commercials in New York. After the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia, Anna was imprisoned and eventually exiled. Anna takes in the young girl Krystyna, who has just arrived from Czechoslovakia, and speaks no English. Anna and Daniel help Krystyna learn English and start a promising acting career. However, the only job Anna can find is as an understudy.
Anna is a 1987 film directed by Yurek Bogayevicz, it was adapted by Agnieszka Holland from an unauthorized story by Holland and Bogayevicz, based on the real life of Polish actress Elżbieta Czyżewska. The film stars Sally Kirkland, Robert Fields, Paulina Porizkova, Steven Gilborn and Larry Pine. Kirkland was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and she won a Golden Globe and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture.
Directed by: Yurek Bogayevicz
Starring: Sally Kirkland, Paulina Porizkova, Robert Fields, Gibby Brand, John Robert Tillotson, Julianne Gilliam, Deirdre O’Connell, Holly Villaire, Gabrielle Made
Screenplay by: Yurek Bogayevicz, Agnieszka Holland
Production Design by: Lester Cohen
Cinematography by: Bobby Bukowski
Film Editing by: Julie Sloane
Costume Design by: Hali Breindel
Set Decoration by: John Tatlock
Art Direction by: Daniel Talpers
Music by: Greg Hawkes
Distributed by: Vestron Pictures
Release Date: October 2, 1987