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A Feature film by Régis Wargnier

Produced by Ugc ym

Release in France : 01/09/1999

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Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producer :

Ugc ym

Foreign production company :

NTV Profit

French distribution :

Fox France

Co-production :

Mate Production

Film exports/foreign sales :

TF1 International

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June 1946. Stalin launched a propaganda campaign offering Russian émigrés amnesty, a Soviet passport, and the chance to return and take part in the rebuilding of the post-war USSR. Alexeï Golovine, along with many other Russian immigrants in France, responds to this call and returns with his wife and son to his much-missed homeland. On the steamer to Odessa, the ex-refugees celebrate their last night on board. When they set foot in their native country they will have to face its terrible new reality.


When I was a child, the world was divided in two clear-cut blocks, East (the bad) and West (the good). It was simple. On the other side of the iron curtain - which I imagined was actually a high iron wall several thousand kilometers long – there wasn't a single good soul to be saved. We've learned a lot since then, of course. We no longer generalize like that. We can now distinguish the torturers from their victims and, amazed, we wonder how people survived, how they actually managed to live through that infamous era. It was a defining period in 20th century history which is now widely documented – literature, diaries, denunciations, doctoral theses, etc – but the veil still hasn't been entirely lifted. Everyone agress about one extraordinary thing: people's incredible capacity to survive, to adapt, to resist, to swim not sink. What is that inextinguishable spark in our souls which nobody has been able to dissect or define? The ideal of freedom is only a step away from that will to survive. "East-West" is the transmission, the circulation of that life-force from one person to another, from one thought to the next, from country to country. Like a torch passed from hand to hand, everyone takes care that the flame doesn't go out, yet can let it die as long as they know it already glows in someone else's heart.

Régis Wargnier - Director


Full credits (14)

Executive Producer :

Yves Marmion

Director of Photography :

Laurent Dailland

Assistant Operators :

Olivier Banon, Océane Lavergne, Christophe Paturange, Jérôme Peyrebrune, Catherine Pujol

Editor :

Hervé Schneid

Production Designers :

Vladimir Svetozarov, Alexeï Levtchenko

Costume designer :

Pierre-Yves Gayraud

Sound Mixer :

Dominique Dalmasso

Screenwriters :

Régis Wargnier, Sergueï Bodrov, Roustam Ibraguimbekov, Louis Gardel

Sound recordists :

Guillaume Sciama, Gérard Hardy

Press Attaché (film) :

Dominique Segall

Assistant editors :

Eric Dardill, Liza Ignazi, Isabelle Proust

Music Composer :

Patrick Doyle

Visual Effects :

Bruno Maillard

Still Photographer :

Étienne George

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Feature film

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France, Russia, Spain, Bulgaria

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Majority French (France, Russia, Spain, Bulgaria)

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Runtime :

1 h 59 min

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Posters (1)


News (3)

Festival Selections (14)

Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival - 2000

Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival (Brazil, 2000)


Official International Selection

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2000

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2000)


Panorama of World Cinema

Tokyo- French Film Festival - 2000

Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 2000)


Feature Films

Academy Awards - 2000

Academy Awards (United States, 2000)


Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2000)

Selection (4)

Best Film

Best Original Music : Patrick Doyle

Best Actress : Sandrine Bonnaire

Best Director : Régis Wargnier

Mar Del Plata International Film Festival - 1999

Mar Del Plata International Film Festival (Argentina, 1999)


Official Selection - Out of Competition

Acapulco French Film Festival - 1999

Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1999)


French Feature Films

BFI London Film Festival - 1999

BFI London Film Festival (Great Britain, 1999)


Films selected

BIFF - 1999

BIFF (South Korea, 1999)


Films selected

TIFF - 1999

TIFF (Canada, 1999)




Tokyo- French Film Festival - 2000

Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 2000)

Team (2)

Director : Régis Wargnier

Associate producer : Yves Marmion