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Kazakhstan, 2011, 95 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Germany, Russia
North American Premiere
Topics: Comedy, Romance
Program: World Cinema
Language: Russian, English, French English Sub-Titles

Charming, delightful, funny, and romantic, this winning comedy from Veit Helmer (Absurdistan) uses as its guiding principal an old Kazakh proverb that says: “Whatever falls from heaven, you may keep.” For the inhabitants of a small Kazakh village, especially the youthful Iskander (Alexander Asochakov), living just downwind from the Baikonur Cosmodrome means that what “falls from heaven” is actually valuable space debris from the Russian rockets launched there. Nicknamed “Gagarin” after the Soviet space pioneer, Iskander uses his radio expertise to follow launches and calculate where to find the cast-off space metals that provide his village with its livelihood. After seeing a photo of the young French woman Julie (Marie de Villepin), due to become the latest space tourist, he is smitten. When something goes wrong and Julie plunges to earth in a capsule, Iskander is there to rescue her before the authorities do. And she has amnesia…. Peopled with wonderful nonprofessional actors and set against the majestic beauty of the Steppes, Baikonur is an enchanting modern fairtytale as light and graceful as it is affecting.

Director Veit Helmer is expected to attend both screenings.

DIRECTOR: Veit Helmer
Producer: Veit Helmer
Editor: Vincent Assmann
Screenwriter: Sergej Ashkenazy, Veit Helmer
Cinematographer: Kolya Kano
Music: Goran Bregovic
Principal Cast: Alexander Asochakov, Marie de Villepin, Sitora Farmonova
Filmography: Absurdistan (2008), Gate to Heaven (2003). Tuvalu (1999)
Print Source: m-appeal -

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