Synopsis & Film Details


with short film PINK BAG


Rusalka (Mermaid) won the World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award for director Anna Melikyan at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and also the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival. The film, often dubbed the “Amelie of Moscow” by fans and critics alike, recounts the incredible adventures of a mermaid on dry land. Once upon a time, a girl named Alisa lived by the sea. She let life carry her along, never struggling, always adapting to changing conditions and historical events. The only unusual thing about Alisa was her gift of making wishes come true. Eventually, she found herself in metropolitan Moscow, where chance took her by the hand and introduced her to a man with a cross on his chest that read “save and protect.” Alisa took one look at the man and her life was changed forever. In Russian, with English subtitles.

Directed by Anna Melikyan
Russia (2007), 35mm
115 minutes, No Rating

Companion Short Film

  • USA, Susan Hippen
  • 2 minutes, English
  • When a naive woman emerges from a pink bag into a retro kitchen where appliances attack, she’s forced to choose between old habits and freedom.

Part of the 5th Fresno Film Festival (2009).