Section: Spectrum

Moya Babusya Fanni Kaplan

My Grandmother Fanny Kaplan

Olena Demyanenko
Ukraine, 2016, 105 Min

Why did the Bolshevik secret police destroy several pages from the dossier on Fanny Kaplan, the woman who attempted to assassinate Lenin? Why are the pages pertaining to the years 1917 and 1918 missing? This playful, unconventional biopic does more than simply cast light on one of many mysterious chapters from the October Revolution.

Gagarin Media Film Company

“My name is Fanya Kaplan. Today I shot at Lenin. I consider him a traitor to the revolution”. These were the very words of the young assassin, as recorded when she was interrogated by the Cheka on August 30th, 1918. Four days later she was executed.

It is to this woman that Ukrainian director Olena Demyanenko has devoted a biopic; starting out with a portrait of a bright, perhaps overprotected youngster from a bourgeois Jewish family who falls in love with a rough-around-the-edges revolutionary and ends up involved in her first assassination attempt at the age of sixteen. She is found guilty, exiled and only allowed to return home years later. During her time in prison she starts to suffer from impaired vision, and is treated by none other than Lenin's brother Dmitry.

In this work, which at times can be said to exaggerate certain political events and historical figures, a portrait of a young, idealistic and vulnerable young woman is painted which weaves together fact and fiction in a way that transcends several genres. When all is said and done, the mystery of Fanny Kaplan remains. JT

DCP | Farbe / colour
Dmytro Tomashpolskiy
Oleksiy Moskalenko
Artem Mostoviy
Igor Rak
Sergiy Brzhestovskiy, Oleksandr Batenev
Tymur Polyanskiy
Kate Molchanova, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, Ivan Brovin, Oleksiy Devotchenko
Olena Demyanenko
Gagarin Media Film Company
Gagarin Media Film Company
Valeriy Simonchuk
Taras Shevchenko Blvd. 46
01032 Kyiv

Tel.: +380.67.465.90 80
Olena Demyanenko

Olena Demyanenko - She studied film directing at Kiyv Film Institute and quickly garnered international attention with her work. From 2001-2012 she worked in Moscow, where she directed a number of mini-series for Russian TV. In 2012, she co-founded the Gagarin Media Film Company.

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