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Angels in Paradise

A Feature film by Evgueni Lounguine

Produced by Ognon Pictures

Release in France : 05/05/1999


    Leningrad in the late 1970s. Bored teenagers kill time drinking vodka to stave off the dread of being drafted to Afghanistan. Misha meets Galia, a girl from a long line of Russian aristocrats who have survived by lying low. These two wounded angels choose to do the impossible thing: to dare to love each other and live for themselves. Defying irresponsible, alcoholic adults, they struggle with an energy born of despair to escape from a life of quick fixes, booze and compromises.

    Actors (4)

    Production and distribution (2)

    Executive Producer :

    Ognon Pictures

    French distribution :

    Avanti Films


    "Angels in Paradise" is the answer to the questions I asked myself when my first son, Antoine, was born in Paris: Why am I living in France? Why do I have a French son? Why does one leave the country of one's birth?

    "This film is a way of taking revenge on my youth. I didn't come to France because I wanted to; I came to stay alive and not be killed in Afghanistan. It's a destructive revenge, but it's also creative. It is in filmic form because pictures were the only way in which I could formulate the answers. I felt a deep need to pin down the official lie that surrounded me, the total despair that ruled everything. In a word, that whole period was gray. Not black but gray, which is much more soul-destroying. Colorless and odorless.

    (Evgueni Lounguine, Director)

    Photos (2)

    Full credits (9)

    Executive Producer :

    Humbert Balsan

    Director of Photography :

    Valeri Myoulgaout

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Emmanuel Vernières

    Production Designers :

    Boris Petrouchanski, Serguei Kokovkine

    Costume designer :

    Tatiana Patrakhatseva

    Screenwriter :

    Evgueni Lounguine

    Sound Recordist :

    Edouard Vanounts

    Editor :

    Irina Gorokhovskaia

    Music Composer :

    Andreï Makarevitch

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    100% French

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    2 h 16 min

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