Anna (1987 film)

Last updated
Promotional theatrical poster
Directed by Yurek Bogayevicz
Written byYurek Bogayevicz
Agnieszka Holland
Produced byDeirdre Gainor
Julianne Gilliam
Starring Sally Kirkland
Paulina Porizkova
Robert Fields
CinematographyBobby Bukowski
Edited byJulie Sloane
Music by Greg Hawkes [1]
Distributed by Vestron Pictures
Release date
October 2, 1987 (1987-10-02)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,236,848 [2]

Anna is a 1987 American film directed by Yurek Bogayevicz and starring Sally Kirkland, Robert Fields, Paulina Porizkova, Steven Gilborn and Larry Pine. It was adapted by Agnieszka Holland from an unauthorized story by Holland and Bogayevicz, based on the real life of Polish actresses Elżbieta Czyżewska and Joanna Pacuła. [3]


Kirkland was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, [4] and she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama [5] and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead. [4]


A Czech actress, looking for work in New York City, sees her protégée shine while she herself struggles.



Academy Awards [6] Best Actress Sally Kirkland Nominated
Deauville American Film Festival [7] International Critics Awards Yurek Bogayevicz Nominated
Golden Globe Awards [8] Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Sally KirklandWon
Independent Spirit Awards [9] Best Female Lead Won
Best Screenplay Agnieszka Holland Nominated
Best First Feature Yurek BogayeviczNominated
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards [10] Best Actress Sally KirklandWon [lower-alpha 1]
Torino Film Festival [11] Best Feature FilmYurek BogayeviczWon
Valladolid International Film Festival Best FilmNominated
Best First FilmWon


Related Research Articles

Miloš Forman Czech and American director, screenwriter, and professor

Jan Tomáš "Miloš" Forman was a Czech and American film director, screenwriter, actor, and professor who rose to fame in his native Czechoslovakia before emigrating to the United States in 1968.

<i>Atlantic City</i> (1980 film) 1980 French-Canadian romantic crime film directed by Louis Malle

Atlantic City is a 1980 romantic crime film directed by Louis Malle and starring Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Kate Reid, Robert Joy, Hollis McLaren, Michel Piccoli, and Al Waxman. A Canadian-French co-production filmed in late 1979, it was released in France and Germany in September 1980 and in the United States later that year by Paramount Pictures. The script was written by John Guare.

Sally Kirkland American film actress and activist (born 1941)

Sally Kirkland is an American film, television and stage actress and producer. A former member of Andy Warhol's The Factory and an active member in 1960s New York avant-garde theater, she has appeared in more than 250 film and television productions during her career that spend six decades. Kirkland is the daughter of a fashion editor of Life magazine and Vogue Sally Kirkland.

Frances McDormand American actress and producer

Frances Louise McDormand is an American actress and producer. She has received numerous accolades, including four Academy Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and one Tony Award, making her one of the few performers to achieve the "Triple Crown of Acting". Additionally, she has received two Golden Globe Awards, three British Academy Film Awards, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards. Although primarily recognized for her roles in small-budget independent films, McDormand's worldwide box office gross exceeds $2.2 billion helped by her appearances in Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012).

Paulina Porizkova Swedish model and actress (born 1965)

Paulina Porizkova is a Swedish model and actress. She was the first Central European woman to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 1984, aged 18. In 1988, she earned what was then the highest-paying modeling contract ever: a $6,000,000 contract with Estée Lauder. She was part of the judging panel of America's Next Top Model in Cycles 10–12.

Melissa Leo American actress

Melissa Chessington Leo is an American actress. She is the recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Critics' Choice Awards, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

<i>An Ideal Husband</i> (1999 film) 1999 film by Oliver Parker

An Ideal Husband is a 1999 British film based on the 1895 play An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde. The film stars Jeremy Northam, Rupert Everett, Julianne Moore, Minnie Driver and Cate Blanchett. It was directed by Oliver Parker.

Kathleen Quinlan American actress

Kathleen Denise Quinlan Abbott is an American film and television actress. She is best known for her Golden Globe-nominated performance in the 1977 film of the novel I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, and her Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated role in the 1995 film Apollo 13, along with many roles in other feature films, television movies and series, in a career spanning almost five decades.

Elle Fanning American actress (born 1998)

Mary Elle Fanning is an American actress. She made her film debut as the younger version of her sister Dakota Fanning's character in the drama film I Am Sam (2001). As a child actress, she appeared in several films, including Babel (2006), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Phoebe in Wonderland. In 2010 she starred in Sofia Coppola's Somewhere (2010) earning her a Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer nomination. In 2011 she received attention for her starring role in J. J. Abrams' science-fiction film Super 8, earning a Spotlight Award at the Hollywood Film Festival. She subsequently had leading roles in the comedy-drama film We Bought a Zoo (2011), the drama film Ginger & Rosa (2012), and as Princess Aurora in the fantasy films Maleficent (2014) and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019).

Sally Hawkins British actress

Sally Cecilia Hawkins is an English actress. She has received a Golden Globe Award and the Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Actress, in addition to nominations for a Critics' Choice Movie Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, two Academy Awards, and two British Academy Film Awards.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ruth Negga</span> Irish actress

Ruth Negga is an Irish actress known for the AMC television series Preacher and the film Loving. For her portrayal of Mildred Loving in the latter, Negga received several major nominations from the Academy Awards, British Academy Film Awards and the Golden Globe Awards, and won the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actress. In 2022, Negga made her Broadway debut in a production of Shakespeare's Macbeth as Lady Macbeth, and earned a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play.

Pablo Larraín Chilean filmmaker (born 1976)

Pablo Larraín Matte is a Chilean filmmaker. He has directed eight feature films and co-directed one television series, including the Academy Award-nominated films No (2012), Neruda (2016), Jackie (2016) and Spencer (2021). In 2017, Larraín and his brother Juan de Dios were the producers of Sebastián Lelio's A Fantastic Woman, which was the first Chilean film to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 2021, he directed all eight episodes of the psychological romance horror miniseries Lisey's Story.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Quvenzhané Wallis</span> American actress (born 2003)

Quvenzhané Wallis is an American actress and author. In 2012, she starred as Hushpuppy in the drama film Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, becoming the youngest actress ever to be nominated in the category, as well as the first person born in the 21st century nominated for an Oscar, She also starred as Annie Bennett in the 2014 adaptation of Annie, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical.

<i>Nomadland</i> (film) 2020 American drama film by Chloé Zhao

Nomadland is a 2020 American drama film written, produced, edited and directed by Chloé Zhao. Based on the 2017 nonfiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder, it stars Frances McDormand as a widow who leaves to travel around the United States in her van as a nomad. David Strathairn also stars in a supporting role. A number of real-life nomads appear as fictionalized versions of themselves, including Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells.


  1. "Greg Hawkes" at LinkedIn
  2. "Anna". Box Office Mojo .
  3. Maslin, Janet (2 Oct 1987). "'Anna,' on Stardom Of Czechs". The New York Times . Retrieved 5 Feb 2022.
  4. 1 2 Gruber, Xaque (February 22, 2012). "25 Years After Anna, Sally Kirkland Reflects on the Oscar Race for Best Actress". The Huffington Post .
  5. "Sally Kirkland". .
  6. "The 60th Academy Awards (1988) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  7. "1987 Deauville Film Festival". Mubi . Retrieved July 5, 2021.
  8. "Anna – Golden Globes". HFPA . Retrieved July 5, 2021.
  9. "36 Years of Nominees and Winners" (PDF). Independent Spirit Awards . Retrieved August 13, 2021.
  10. "The 13th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards". Los Angeles Film Critics Association . Retrieved July 5, 2021.
  11. "5° Festival Internazionale Cinema Giovani". Torino Film Festival . Retrieved October 23, 2021.