Salyut - 7
The year is 1985. When damaged space station Salyut-7 stops responding, a rescue mission must be organized. Only the best cosmonaut could bring this to a good ending and that brings disgraced officer Fyodorov back in the fold. Together with veteran Alyokhin, he goes on a near impossible mission. Part Gravity, part Apollo 13, this is a stylish and heroic space thriller that is totally captivating from start to finish.
Based on true events - back then the rescue was judged as a near miracle - this Russian blockbuster is part Gravity, part Apollo 13, infused with Russian melancholy and humour.
Behind it all, there are the cold war politics: the newly launched American Space Shuttle could take the entire craft as cargo and steal Soviet technology. Visually, the film belies its modest budget of 15 million dollar: the space scenes are gorgeous and period detail on the ground is spot on.
Take note: this movie is neither spoken nor subtitled in English.
This movie is selected as part of our “Best Of Imagine”-programme and is therefore screened for one final time on Saturday the 21st of April.