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Type: film
Genre: melodrama
Year of production: 2008
Duration: 90 minutes
Directed by: Vladimir Tikhiy
Written by: Iren Rozdobud'ko
Production designer: Ivan Levchenko
Director of photography: Yaroslav Pilunskiy
Music by: Esthetic Education
Producers: Yulia Chernyavskaya , Oleg Scherbina , Vlad Ryashin
Premiere: 05/04/2009 (Russia), 08/06/2008 (Ukraine)
Cast: Viktor Marvin, Viktoriya Isakova, Anatoliy Pashinin, Anna Kuzina, Oleg Maslennikov, Anton Mukharskiy
Set in the 1980s during the period of Russia’s “perestroika” and “glasnost”, Afghanistan is in the middle of a war, which is claiming the lives of hundreds of young men. However, this tragedy is far removed from the life of 18-year old Denis, who is celebrating his recent acceptance into university to study film.

One night Denis meets a mysterious stranger with whom he falls in love. Elizabeth Tenetskaya is a famous film director, talented and ambitious but, as Denis soon finds out, older than himself and married. With his love unrequited, Denis sinks into deep despair. Dropping out of university, he decides to go to Afghanistan and ironically, it is this war-torn country, which is the making of him. Twenty years later, Denis, now a well-respected journalist, cannot forget his first love, however, destiny is about to intervene and bring him and Elizabeth together again.

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