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Cosmos, like a premonition: a simple story with big implications

June 27 2005

The main prize of the Moscow Film Festival received a painting by Russian director Alexey Uchitel. This film originally, even despite the presence of a competitive program of film by Thomas Vinterberg, "Dear Wendy", the script by Lars von Trier, was considered the favorite of the festival. Let me remind you that for the sake of participation in Moscow International Film Festival, the Master withdrew his work from the contest film festival Kinotavr.

The film is based on the scenario of Alexander Mindadze. Script a little bit unusual in relation to man and the philosophy of life.

The action takes place in 1957. Ordinary people: a cook and two waitresses working. In life, each of them, they always have the feeling of something extraordinarily important.

Port worker uses a familiarity with the waitress for an escape from the country - during the banquet, he secretly remains on board a foreign ship. The main character - Paul Kon'kov defector and friend of the groom of the very waitress - not knowing what had happened, begins to search for another. Explaining his presence at the border port worker discusses his "history": it is here on a secret state task - preparing a space flight.

This is a fantastic occasion for that time, anticipating the beginning of the space era, and Paul Kon'kov simple, happy in its ignorance, is indirectly involved in the future of human spaceflight. The fact that fellow traveler Paul on the coupe is Yuri Gagarin, though still modest pilot-trainee, unaware that soon he would be "hence" Gagarin.

In the starring Yevgeny Mironov. In general, the idea of a film about the time of space exploration was born the director several years ago. However, Alexander Mindadze seen starring only Mironov, who was busy in the TV series "The Idiot" - shooting "Cosmos" had to be postponed for several years. The role of a waitress - a girlfriend of the hero Yevgeny Mironov sang young actress Irina Pegova, already familiar to viewers of the film "Walk". Alexei Uchitel said, she's like no one approach to types.

The shooting took place in Kronstadt - the road from St. Petersburg to the city produced the director's extraordinary, fantastic impression: "abandoned forts, fog, boats, narrow streets - a mystical city. We are just so, and needed for filming. The film "Space" is full of inexplicable foreboding of love, betrayal, change ... "- the teacher says.

Alexey Uchitel
Born in 1951 in Leningrad. Son of a famous documentary filmmaker Efim Teachers. In 1975 he graduated from the State Institute of Cinematography. Worked as director of the operator of the documentary film at the Leningrad Documentary Film Studio. Artistic Director founded in 1990 by SST Rock. In the feature film debut film "Giselle's Mania" (1995). Winner of the Russian "Nika" for best feature film in 2000 the winner of numerous Russian and international film festivals. People's Artist of Russia (2002).

Maria Pavlikova

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