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All About Anna
Directed by Jessica Nilsson
Produced by Marcella Lindstad
Claus Sørensen (executive)
Peter Aalbæk Jensen (executive)
Nicolas Barbano (executive)
Written by Anya Aims
Loretta Fabiana
Starring Gry Bay
Mark Stevens
Eileen Daly
Ovidie
Music by M. Maurice Hawkesworth
Cinematography Claus Lykke
Editing by Martin Bernfeld
Distributed by Team Video Plus (Denmark)
Wicked Pictures (U.S.)
Release date(s) 24 November 2005 (Denmark)
18 January 2007 (US)
Running time 91 mins
Country Denmark
Language English

All About Anna is a Danish film released in 2005, directed by Jessica Nilsson and starring Gry Bay and Mark Stevens. The film is explicit in its exploration of sexual relationships. It's not regarded as pornography, however, due to its emphasis on character development and avoidance of closeup shots of genital/genital contact. Incidentally, only male genitalia are shown in close ups, while avoiding a direct close view of female genitalia, especially Gry Bay's.

It is a co-production between Innocent Pictures and Lars von Trier's Zentropa Productions, and is the third of Zentropa's sex films for women, following Constance (1998) and Pink Prison (1999). All three films were based on the Puzzy Power Manifesto developed by Zentropa in 1997.

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Plot

All About Anna tells the story of Anna (Gry Bay), a single woman who seeks to maintain an active sex life while staying clear of romantic relationships. When a former boyfriend (Mark Stevens) shows up, she starts wondering how much longer she can maintain her emotional independence, and if that's even what she wants. At the same time, she is offered a job as costume designer on a French theatre, where the local stage actors Pierre (Morten Schelbech) and Sophie (Ovidie) offer new amorous temptations.

Release, distribution and critical reception

The film was originally released in November 2005 on a Scandinavian 3-disc DVD. This was the first Danish film to be released with subtitles for the hearing-impaired, which was enthusiastically received by the hard-of-hearing community[1][2].

The successful US theatrical premiere was held on January 18, 2007, in Chicago, Illinois.

The two-disc US DVD was released on January 29, 2008.

All About Anna was officially selected for Zürich Film Festival and Io Isabella International Film Week.

It was included in the series Cinematic Sexualities in the 21st Century, arranged by Doc Films in collaboration with The University of Chicago Film Studies Center.

In 2006 it was nominated for two EroticLine Awards in the categories Best International Newcomer (Gry Bay) and Best International Actor (Mark Stevens).

In 2007 it won three Scandinavian Adult Awards, including Best Scandinavian Couples Film, Best Scandinavian Actor (Thomas Raft) and Best Selling Scandinavian Star of 2006 (Gry Bay).

In September 2007, Germany's biggest weekly magazine Stern identified women's pornography as one of 50 trends, placed an image from All About Anna on the cover of its cultural supplement Stern Journal, and commented:

"Women too like to see other people having sex. What they don't like is the endless close-ups of hammering bodyparts without a story. Lars von Trier is the first to have realised this and produced valuable quality porn films for women."

Stern #40, 27.9.2007[3]

In her book Secrets of porn star sex (Infinite Ideas, 2007), British author Marcelle Perks includes a chapter on female-friendly porn, in which she concludes: "Rather than being intimidated by porn, do a bit of research and find something that you can have fun with. An ideal introduction movie is the hit film All About Anna, a mainstream film that features real sex".

In April 2008, U.S. trade journal AVN gave the film an AAAAA Editor's Choice Review. It was one of only four films to receive the journal's highest rating that month. Critic Jared Rutter wrote:

"It is beautifully crafted and constantly entertaining. [...] The question is, why can't mainstream American films move on up to this grown-up degree of sexual explicitness? Retailing: This title can be sold as either mainstream or adult - the best of both worlds."

Jared Rutter, AVN Magazine, April 2008[4]

In May 2008, French trade journal Hot Video #208 placed All About Anna highest in the category "la crème du porno feminine"[5].

In May 2008, Danish lifestyle magazine Woman #112 had asked a group of female readers to rate a selection of erotic product, including books, websites, CDs etc. The highest score went to All About Anna[6].

In June 2008, the trade journal AVN Europe gave the film an 8 out of 10 rating, and wrote:

"A good couples' flick for those who like a nice storyline. [...] Visually and musically, the movie is also well made and the packaging includes two extra discs with additional material such as an alternative version, outtakes and bloopers. So all in all, a good movie for couples and perhaps, dare I say it, a good movie for guys wanting to turn their wife/girlfriend on to saucy DVD pleasures."

Angel Swede, AVN Europe, June 2008[7]

In November 2008, the film was nominated for four AVN Awards in the following categories[8]:

  • Best Foreign Feature
  • Best Music Soundtrack
  • Best Packaging
  • Best On-Line Marketing Campaign - Individual Project (AllAboutAnna.com)

This among other things marked the first Best Foreign Feature AVN Award nomination for an Academy Award-nominated company[9].

In January 2009, All About Anna ranked #2 on a top-ten of female-friendly sex films published on the Website of Europe's biggest newspaper, Bild. The list also included Constance and Pink Prison.[10]

In September 2009, it was released theatrically in the UK as a double bill with Lars von Trier's Antichrist (also a Zentropa-film with sexually explicit images)[11].

Release versions

The film exists in at least three versions. The original Scandinavian DVD release contains both the Producer's Cut and the Director's Cut. A Softcore Version with no explicit sexual footage has also been released (in Germany).

See also

References

  1. ^ Døvblevne Forum: Porno for døve og hørehæmmede!
  2. ^ Døvebladet December 2006 Page 22, Året der gik
  3. ^ Stern #40, 27.9.2007
  4. ^ AVN Magazine, April 2008, page 154: Editor's Choice - All About Anna
  5. ^ Hot Video, nr. 208 (May 2008), page 110-119: Réalisatrices la nouvelle vague
  6. ^ Woman, nr. 112 (May 2008), page 66-68: Porno for pæne piger
  7. ^ Angel Swede: DVD Reviews, AVN Europe, June 2008, page 64
  8. ^ http://www.avnawards.com/
  9. ^ Zentropa was Oscar-nominated for Breaking the Waves, After the Wedding and At Night
  10. ^ Stephanie Morcinek und Meike Meyruhn: So will SIE Pornos gucken - Diese Pornos will SIE sehen, Bild Jan. 2009
  11. ^ KPN.dk: "Antichrist" og porno vises sammen

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