European Film Festival Paris
from 17 to 31 March 2022
European Film Festival Paris
from 17 to 31 March 2022

The Three / Трое

by Anna Melikyan

(Fiction, Russia, 2020, 127’, C, En ST) with Konstantin Khabensky, Viktoria Isakova, Yulia Peresild

The Three

What is one to do when one has a wife, with whom life and cohabitation are well established, and even quarrels do not exist anymore? For Alexander and Zlata, there are memories, a common past, a lot of good things and lots of nothings, all in all it’s just life, like everyone else’s. And then suddenly love fills his life again when he meets Veronica. Whom will he choose?


« It’s difficult to name Western filmmakers that could be compared with Anna Melikyan (in the contemporary Russian cinema she stands completely apart). The first name that comes to mind is Nancy Meyers, the queen of easy-watching movies, author of romcoms Something’s Gotta GiveThe HolidayThe Intern. But opposite to Meyer’s films, the movies of Melikyan have a certain candour, an intentional naivety that makes them very touching. Besides, it’s the hallmark of Melikyan as the filmmaker: she masterfully plays with the well-known clichés avoiding platitudes and banality to tell stories of life in all its infinite complexity and its marvel.» Egor Belikov, forbes.ru

Anna Melikyan
Anna Melikyan

Anna Melikyan, born in 1976, grew up in Erevan, Armenia. At 17, she moves to Moscow where she starts working as a director for TV programs and a scriptwriter for advertisement agencies. After graduating from All-Russian State University of Cinematography (VGIK), her first full feature Mars (2004) is premiered at Berlin International Film Festival. Her second film Mermaid (2007) receives numerous awards including Directing Award at Sundance and FIPRESCI Prize at Berlin International Film Festival. Her other works include experimental short Poste restante (2000), Star (2014), About Love (2015) and Fairy (2019). She is the founder of the producing company Magnum, focused on cinema and TV projects as well as discovering new talents.

Other movies: Competition Prix Sauvage