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13 SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
18.03. - 20:00,
Trakia - Burgas

Director:  Alexei German Jr.
Cinematography:  Alisher Khamidkhodzhaev , Maxim Drozdov
Screenplay:  Alexei German Jr. , Vladimir Arkusha
Producer:  Artem Vassiliev , Sergei Shumakov
Music:  Fedor Sofronov
Cast:  Merab Ninidze , Chulpan Khamatova , Anastasya Sheveleva
Production:  Phenomenon Films/ TV Channel "Russia"
International distribution:  Elle Driver
Paper Soldier

Paper Soldier
Russia , 2008, 118 min, color
Awards:  Venice 2008 - "Silver Lion" for best director and "Award for best cinematography"

Kazakhstan, early 1961. Daniel Pokrovsky, a married medical officer, who works for the first Soviet cosmonauts troop, finds himself in an incredibly complicated and yet tender relationship with a young girl, called Vera. Later Daniel goes back to Moscow where is in charge of the health of the future cosmonauts. He tries not to be just a doctor for the cadets, but also their friend. He cant agree with the fact that these young men could have to sacrifice their lives for the country. His wife Nina feels the same: she doesnt accept him participating in a project that could put a human lives at a risk, therefore she keeps asking Daniel to leave his job. Then one of the cadets dies and the medical officer ends up breaking down, but this doesnt stop him from leaving for Kazakhstan in order to prepare the launch of the first man into space. Nina follows him to Kazakhstan, where she learns about his involvement with Vera; however she decides not to leave Daniel. Giving up attempts to handle the stress, Daniel escapes the day before the launch, but dies on his gateway. Nina takes Vera with her to Moscow, accommodating the girl in her apartment. Time goes by and both women keep living together: none of them will get married again, being both still in love with Daniel.

Alexei German Jr.
Russian director, born in Moscow in 1976. He graduated from the Russian Film School (VGIK) in 2001 and shot three short films which received both International and Russian Film Festival awards. He made his full-length feature film debut with The Last Train. The film won Golden Alexander in Thessaloniki and Nika for denut. His second film Garpastum won the Sofia International Film Festival Grand Prix in 2006. Paper Soldier was presented at Sofia Meetings as a project.
2003  The Last Train
2005  Garpastum
2008  Paper Soldier
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