Film

Baikonur

Release date: 2011

Format: Feature film

Genre: Comedy

Director: Veit Helmer

Writer: Sergej Ashkenazy, Veit Helmer

Producer: Veit Helmer, Sergey Selyanov, Gulnara Sarsenova, Anna Katchko

Production: Germany, Russia

Production Companies: "Viet Helmer FilmProduction" (Germany), CTB Film Company (Russia)

Distributor: A-One Films

World Sales: M-Appeal

Actors: Alexander Asochakov (Gagarin ), Marie de Villepin (Julie), Sitora Farmonova (Nazira)

Length: 94 min.

Colour: Colour

Sound: Dolby Digital

“Whatever falls from heaven, you may keep.” So goes the unwritten law of the Kazakh steppes. A law avidly adhered to by the inhabitants of asmall village, who collect the space debris that falls downrange from thenearby Baikonur space station.The last two youthful members of the village are the radio operator Iskander, known as Gagarin, and the spirited Nazira. While Nazira finds it increasing difficult to conceal her love for Iskander by means of her unconventional behaviour, Iskander is evidently not only crazy about Baikonur and the vastness of outer space, but also deeply smitten with the beautiful French astronaut Julie Mahé, whose journey to the star she wistfully follows on television.When Julie literally “falls from heaven” in a small space capsule,it’s Iskander who finds her unconscious. Since Julie can no longer remember anything, Iskander is able to pretend that they are engaged to be married, turning the ancient law of the steppes to his own advantage.But even the most romantic lie cannot remain undiscovered forever. And soon “Gagarin” no longer knows where he really belongs nor, more importantly, to whom.

Film website: www.baikonur.com

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Baikonur

“Whatever falls from heaven, you may keep.” So goes the unwritten law of the Kazakh steppes. A law avidly adhered to by the inhabitants of asmall village, who collect the space debris that falls downrange from thenearby Baikonur space station.The last two youthful members of the village are the radio operator Iskander, known as Gagarin, and the spirited Nazira. While Nazira finds it increasing difficult to conceal her love for Iskander by means of her unconventional behaviour, Iskander is evidently not only crazy about Baikonur and the vastness of outer space, but also deeply smitten with the beautiful French astronaut Julie Mahé, whose journey to the star she wistfully follows on television.When Julie literally “falls from heaven” in a small space capsule,it’s Iskander who finds her unconscious. Since Julie can no longer remember anything, Iskander is able to pretend that they are engaged to be married, turning the ancient law of the steppes to his own advantage.But even the most romantic lie cannot remain undiscovered forever. And soon “Gagarin” no longer knows where he really belongs nor, more importantly, to whom.

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