Directors’ Showcase / UK premiere

Paper Soldier

  • Alexey German Jnr /
  • Russian Federation /
  • 2008 /
  • 120 mins

Merab Ninidze, Chulpan Khamatova, Anastasya Sheveleva / Fiction / Russian

A lyrical and dynamic portrait of the dramas and sacrifices of the Soviet space race.

Alexey German Jnr

Alexey German Jnr was born in Moscow in 1976. He graduated from the Russian Film School VGIK in 2001, and subsequently shot three short films which received national and international film festival awards. He made his full-length feature debut with The Last Train, first screened in Venice International Film Festival in 2003, where it received a special mention from the Future Lion jury. His second film Garpastum participated in official competition at Venice in 2005.

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  • #1 DIANA VIRGINIA TODEA / Wednesday 24 June, 2009 / 14:56 GMT

    I found this movie to be an interesting approach of the Russians' ambition to conquer space, however, too melodramatic and full of "old Soviet perfume". It was more interesting to explore the science of space, that took a lot of work for the Russians, rather than banal cliches of husband and wife's conflict. Maybe I expected more wit from the director, more sadness and more happiness. Overall, a good movie, but not really focused on a message.

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