Lana is a writer/director currently based in New York City.
Lana was born in the USSR. Three years after her birth, the country ceased to exist.
Growing up during the collapse, restructuring, and reformation of a global superpower, Lana from an early age was drawn to theater, where she could hide in the imaginary world. She earned her first BA degree at The Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) as an Actress. After working for several years in theater and TV shows, she turned to documentary film production and earned her second BA degree at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), as a film director.
Her film, Kis, was screened in Russia, Germany, Bulgaria, France and won special jury awards in Etiuda & Anima International Film Festival, Poland, and Best Cinematography award at the Vancouver Women in Film Festival, Canada.
Lana is currently an MFA candidate at New York University Tisch School of the Arts’ Graduate Film program.
There are 3 favorite topics I love to explore as a filmmaker, it is Life, Death, and Love. In the film Parenthood, I wanted to reflect on how would a person would feel without the ability to love. What advantages can it give? What if this person would feel even happier than her partner who is opposite, fulfilled of love. Love is a very in-concrete feeling but I believe in its existence it gives me just a huge pleasure to explore it in my films.