Spring of 1941. German engineer Hans and his colleagues arrive on a business trip to the USSR glass manufacturing factory. It was the very time when following the signing of the Soviet-Nazi German Pact (23 August, 1939) and the German–Soviet Boundary and Friendship Treaty (28 September, 1939), the USSR and Nazi Germany concluded several bilateral Commercial Agreements in 1939 – 1941. Thereunder the Soviet Union was to deliver the raw materials to Germany, and Germany was to supply the latest industrial machinery and technologies to the USSR. Hans’s story is really dramatic. This is a foreboding story of the approaching war, a story about perturbation of a man who does not realize what is happening with him. As if the first shell were already exploded inside of him. As fates decree Hans comes back to these places, but as an officer of the German military form in the buddy seat of a motorcycle. A former engineer of a glass manufacturing company looks in field glasses – these are his glasses, which he has created at the factory by himself. His secret past comes back to him. Does it really happen to him? Is it a reality or it does not mean anything, it did not mean anything? And the waves of history fade away everything...
CAST & CREW
Alexander Mindadze, Liza Antonova, Valery Kharkov, Heino Deckert, Len Blavatnik
Director of Photography
Jacob Diehl, Birgit Minichmayr, Mark Waschke, Roza Khairulina, Marc Hosemann, Andryus Daryala, Anna Skidanova, Svetlana Kosolapova
Passenger Film Studio (Russia), ma.ja.de. (Germany), AI Films (UK), Cinema Fund (Russia), Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung Medienboard, Berlin-Brandenburg (Germany)
Alexander Mindadze was born in Moscow in 1949 and is considered as one of the most acclaimed scriptwriters and directors in Russia. More than 20 of his screenplays have been filmed since 1975. Early in his career he teamed up with acclaimed Russian director Vadim Abdrashitov, with whom he collaborated on eleven films over several decades. The film Plumbum was awarded with golden medal at the Venice IFF in 1987, and the Mindadze-Abdrashitov duo won the Silver Bear at the Berlin IFF in 1995 for the film A Play For a Passenger. In 2007, his feature film debut as director, Soar, was premiered at Venice IFF. This film received two awards, including the film critics award for best debut film in Russia. Second feature film written and directed by Alexander Mindadze Innocent Saturday was premiered at Berlin IFF in 2011. Mindadze is the unique Russian scriptwriter who was awarded with prestigious Ennio Flaiano Prize and the Silver Pegasus from the Italian Academy of Culture for "Literature's contribution to the cinema."
Soar (2007), Innocent Saturday (2011), My Good Hans (2015).