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Anna Bondareva is a Russian-born actress, singer-songwriter, model and author.

She arrived in France in 1996 after winning a beauty contest in her native Minsk, where she had finished an English-specialized gymnasium and music school.

Anna’s first cinema part was in French alongside legend of the big screen Jean-Pierre Cassel, in Bunker Paradise, a film by Stefan Liberski, co-produced and distributed by Luc Besson’s ‘EuropaCorp’ Studio. Shortly afterwards she was cast in Thierry Klifa’s comedy Family Hero, alongside stars such as Gerard Lanvin, Catherine Deneuve and Claude Brasseur.

France became Anna’s adopted country. It was Paris where her modelling career took off immediately with great success.  She was taken on by some of the best agencies worldwide : Elite, Select, IMG and Marilyn, among others. Anna has worked for great fashion houses, including Christian Dior, Chanel, Kenzo, Carven, Louis Vuitton, Céline, Cacharel, Issey Miyake, and Salvatore Ferragamo. Her Beausoleil Eyewear advert came out in French Vogue, she appeared in major editorials in ELLE, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Red, Donna, Madame Figaro; she became the face of the major British brand Marks and Spenser; and she did  beauty campaigns for Lancaster, Nina Ricci lingerie, Pierre Balmain prêt-à-porter ads, and featured in many haute-couture catwalks.

The turning point came in LA during a campaign for Police sunglasses with George Clooney, when Jackie Pearls, one of George’s agents, noticed Anna’s acting potential. On returning to Paris Anna entered the Acting International school directed by Robert Cordier.

Cassius Matthias’s film Entropic of Cancer starred Anna as lead. The trilogy had its world premiere at the 3rd Minghella Film Festival, and was then shown at the BFI (British Film Institute) in London and at Tribeca Film Center in New York. Anna also starred in Lotus Eaters, a British bohemian drama directed by Alexandra McGuinness.

Studying piano from the age of 6, Anna continued her music education in the Paris Conservatoire and she became a member of SACEM (French Society of Authors and Composers). She has collaborated as a recording and performing artist with various musicians, singing in English and her native Russian language. The first music video of Anna’s electro-pop single “Hair Clip” was filmed by Lee Isserow, whom she met at the Cannes Film Festival, and was shot in London. Anna then worked with British sound producer Matt Foster to record her next single “To the Stars” as the head track for an upcoming album.

In collaboration with French musicians Emmanuel Richard and Franck Kodjo, and Talent Sorcier Management, Anna recorded a dance track “The Game”. Prior to that she co-wrote and sang the lyrics of a song for a TV-ad for cosmetic brand ‘’Kanebo”. As a result, the song “Lavshuka”, originally composed by the Japanese rock band King Brothers, became popular in Japan.

Anna appears on the cover of the 125th anniversary edition of La Pensée Russe (Russian Thought/ Русская мысль), a historically-known magazine published in France since 1947. The renowned artist Sergei Chepik painted a portrait of Anna especially for the CD-compilation which came out exclusively with that special issue, on which Anna’s songs were featured together with Soviet rock classics such as Boris Grebenshikov, Vyacheslav Butusov and Yuri Shevchuk. On another occasion she shared a concert stage with Gypsy Kings during a Russian Film Festival organized by Pierre Cardin in Paris.

During the many years she lived in the artistic quarter of Montmartre, in 2005 Anna co-founded a multi-cultural Festival “Russian Cosmos” at the ‘l’Atalante’ Theatre under the direction of Alain Alexis Barsacq. Musicians of all kinds were presented, as well as theatrical performances and one-man shows. A year earlier, she presented a François Truffaut Film retrospective at the legendary cinema ‘Studio 28’, a unique place for art in the 7th since the late 1920s.

In recent years Anna has been the face of MTC (Russia’s largest telecommunications company), featuring in TV commercials and on billboards. She appeared in the big-budget production Fortress of War, a drama set during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941. She then got the lead female role in the romantic comedy Stealing Belmondo, playing a muscovite art-dealer married to a writer performed by the leader of the well-known Russian rock band ‘Megapolis’, Oleg Nesterov.

An extract from Anna’s semi-autobiographical first novel The Last Meridian was recently published in the annual journal Russian Pages, devoted to Russian-speaking authors living abroad.

A successful career in various artistic fields has opened up to Anna incredible opportunities.

She is looking forward to making a movie out of her own script, written in English, Forever Marie.

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Anna Bondareva is a Russian-born actress, singer-songwriter, model and author.

She arrived in France in 1996 after winning a beauty contest in her native Minsk, where she had finished an English-specialized gymnasium and music school.

Anna’s first cinema part was in French alongside legend of the big screen Jean-Pierre Cassel, in Bunker Paradise, a film by Stefan Liberski, co-produced and distributed by Luc Besson’s ‘EuropaCorp’ Studio. Shortly afterwards she was cast in Thierry Klifa’s comedy Family Hero, alongside stars such as Gerard Lanvin, Catherine Deneuve and Claude Brasseur.

France became Anna’s adopted country. It was Paris where her modelling career took off immediately with great success.  She was taken on by some of the best agencies worldwide : Elite, Select, IMG and Marilyn, among others. Anna has worked for great fashion houses, including Christian Dior, Chanel, Kenzo, Carven, Louis Vuitton, Céline, Cacharel, Issey Miyake, and Salvatore Ferragamo. Her Beausoleil Eyewear advert came out in French Vogue, she appeared in major editorials in ELLE, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Red, Donna, Madame Figaro; she became the face of the major British brand Marks and Spenser; and she did  beauty campaigns for Lancaster, Nina Ricci lingerie, Pierre Balmain prêt-à-porter ads, and featured in many haute-couture catwalks.

The turning point came in LA during a campaign for Police sunglasses with George Clooney, when Jackie Pearls, one of George’s agents, noticed Anna’s acting potential. On returning to Paris Anna entered the Acting International school directed by Robert Cordier.

Cassius Matthias’s film Entropic of Cancer starred Anna as lead. The trilogy had its world premiere at the 3rd Minghella Film Festival, and was then shown at the BFI (British Film Institute) in London and at Tribeca Film Center in New York. Anna also starred in Lotus Eaters, a British bohemian drama directed by Alexandra McGuinness.

Studying piano from the age of 6, Anna continued her music education in the Paris Conservatoire and she became a member of SACEM (French Society of Authors and Composers). She has collaborated as a recording and performing artist with various musicians, singing in English and her native Russian language. The first music video of Anna’s electro-pop single “Hair Clip” was filmed by Lee Isserow, whom she met at the Cannes Film Festival, and was shot in London. Anna then worked with British sound producer Matt Foster to record her next single “To the Stars” as the head track for an upcoming album.

In collaboration with French musicians Emmanuel Richard and Franck Kodjo, and Talent Sorcier Management, Anna recorded a dance track “The Game”. Prior to that she co-wrote and sang the lyrics of a song for a TV-ad for cosmetic brand ‘’Kanebo”. As a result, the song “Lavshuka”, originally composed by the Japanese rock band King Brothers, became popular in Japan.

Anna appears on the cover of the 125th anniversary edition of La Pensée Russe (Russian Thought/ Русская мысль), a historically-known magazine published in France since 1947. The renowned artist Sergei Chepik painted a portrait of Anna especially for the CD-compilation which came out exclusively with that special issue, on which Anna’s songs were featured together with Soviet rock classics such as Boris Grebenshikov, Vyacheslav Butusov and Yuri Shevchuk. On another occasion she shared a concert stage with Gypsy Kings during a Russian Film Festival organized by Pierre Cardin in Paris.

During the many years she lived in the artistic quarter of Montmartre, in 2005 Anna co-founded a multi-cultural Festival “Russian Cosmos” at the ‘l’Atalante’ Theatre under the direction of Alain Alexis Barsacq. Musicians of all kinds were presented, as well as theatrical performances and one-man shows. A year earlier, she presented a François Truffaut Film retrospective at the legendary cinema ‘Studio 28’, a unique place for art in the 7th since the late 1920s.

In recent years Anna has been the face of MTC (Russia’s largest telecommunications company), featuring in TV commercials and on billboards. She appeared in the big-budget production Fortress of War, a drama set during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941. She then got the lead female role in the romantic comedy Stealing Belmondo, playing a muscovite art-dealer married to a writer performed by the leader of the well-known Russian rock band ‘Megapolis’, Oleg Nesterov.

An extract from Anna’s semi-autobiographical first novel The Last Meridian was recently published in the annual journal Russian Pages, devoted to Russian-speaking authors living abroad.

A successful career in various artistic fields has opened up to Anna incredible opportunities.

She is looking forward to making a movie out of her own script, written in English, Forever Marie.

www.imdb.com

www.kino-teatr.ru

www.martineswomen.com

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