This is a story about my mother, film actress Nina Antonova. Here she is in the photo, puffing a cigarette. She is 80. About a hundred roles in movies, big and small. Her life—lots of work, little rest.

Big acting fame came only once—a leading role in TV series “Varkina Zemlya.” It was the first Soviet series shot in color, and the lead actors were as popular as the astronauts. Forty-five years have passed since then.

This is a very personal story—about her honest and sad life, about sacrifice and newfound freedom.