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Dreaming of Space (2005)

Kosmos kak predchuvstvie (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 7 July 2005 (Russia)
A story of a simple, naive Russian man Konek and the people around him: his love and her sister and a mysterious man. The film is set in 1957, time of changes, time of waiting for something big to happen.

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Aleksey Uchitel
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Cast

Credited cast:
Evgeniy Mironov ... Victor 'Konyok'
Evgeniy Tsyganov ... Gherman
Irina Pegova ... Lara
Elena Lyadova ... Rimma
Sergey Kachanov ... Kirych (as Sergei Kachanov)
Mariya Kuznetsova Mariya Kuznetsova ... Victor's Mother
Dmitriy Mulyar Dmitriy Mulyar ... Yuriy
Elena Galibina Elena Galibina ... Waitress
Igor Shibanov Igor Shibanov ... Efim
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rinat Ibragimov Rinat Ibragimov
Olga Karlenko Olga Karlenko
Anatoliy Kondyubov Anatoliy Kondyubov
Dmitriy Konokotov Dmitriy Konokotov
Aleksander Kozhakin Aleksander Kozhakin
Sergei Malakhov Sergei Malakhov
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A story of a simple, naive Russian man Konek and the people around him: his love and her sister and a mysterious man. The film is set in 1957, time of changes, time of waiting for something big to happen.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Russia]

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

7 July 2005 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Dreaming of Space See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$204,405 (Russia), 10 July 2005, Limited Release
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Studio Rock See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Some Drama in Russian circa late 1950s
16 September 2005 | by JamesterSee all my reviews

I saw this in the Toronto International Film Festival (2005) with the director present.

This is one of the few Russian movies I've ever seen and a strong contender for on of the best. I enjoyed it not only for the 'Russian perspective', but for the strong dramatic action in a well-told story.

The story revolves around a cook/boxer who lives near the Russian-Finnish border in 1957. A new and rather mysterious boxer in town brings some fresh techniques and perspective into the former's life starting a tale of intrigue (who is this guy), against the backdrop of the Soviet desire to launch satellites into space.

It's an overall upbeat tale in perhaps a less upbeat period of time, with some great boxing sequences (though it's not a boxing movie). The director mentioned it took 3 months to start the actors boxing training who had the coach from the Olympic team do the training. The comment was that had they taken up training earlier on, they would definitely be on the olympic team. That tells you how real the boxing scenes were, but also show the care that went into the overall production.

The movie has an engaging 'secret-service' suspensefulness, and its main characters come across as fun, real, and compelling. In addition, perhaps because of the 'Russian-ness' to this movie, the characters and the actors' portrayals as well as the style of the movie were rather unique (in a very positive way) -- further pulling me in to the screening.

Overall, this rates above average on my list of movies I've seen at the Toronto Film Festival.


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