Even the most ordinary life has its value, nobleness and dignity.
She is never down and out. Anny has three grown up kids, divorced twice, working as a toilet attendant. At 46, she is voluntarily taking to the streets as a hooker – to make the Christmas happier for her grandchildren. This time-lapse film depicts 16 years of life story of one peculiar woman, whose eyes always stare towards the sky rather than to the ground. She is searching for love, defying misfortune and illness, taking all her difficulties with terse humor and practical point of view
21. 11. 2020
DCP, HD Files
Cast & Crew
WRITER AND DIRECTOR
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Vlastimil Hamerník, Martin Kubala, Ivan Vojnár, Stano Slušný, Jiří Chod, David Cysař, Ervín Sanders, Miroslav Souček, Martin Nováček, Braňo Pažitka, Tomáš Třeštík
About the film
Where did ANNY come from?
„I had begun to make the time-lapse documentary series about women in 1996. It was supposed to be about the heroines from different social classes. I became interested in the organization Pleasure without Risk, dealing with Prague prostitutes. I started to film with Dr. Malinová, the organization’s boss and three of her clients. We have spent five years together and it resulted in the film Rozkoš bez rizika (2001) for Czech television. Later the Negativ Film Productions and I agreed that we would continue with few of my time-lapse film heroes and Anny was one of them.
Anny was not a typical prostitute and that was interesting to me. She had begun to turn tricks at 46, motivated by making some extra cash for her grandkids. With her facial features she reminded me of Italian actress Giulietta Masina and I liked it. In Fellini’s film Nights of Cabiria (1957) Masina portrayed a prostitute. I thought to myself that we have somewhat similar Nights of Cabiria here. Anny was authentic, wasn’t playing the role, always talking about her new profession of working girl with unworldliness and humor.“