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A Feature film by Régis Wargnier

Produced by Ugc ym

Release in France : 01/09/1999


    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.

    Actors (14)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Ugc ym

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    TF1 Studio

    Foreign production companies :

    NTV Profit, Mate Production

    French distribution :

    Fox France

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    International releases (36)

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    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 (15)

    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

    Location Manager :

    François Pulliat

    Screenwriters :

    Régis Wargnier, Sergei 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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    Coproducer countries :

    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

    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 Director : Régis Wargnier

    Best Actress : Sandrine Bonnaire

    Best Original Music : Patrick Doyle

    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

    FIFF - 1999

    FIFF (Belgium, 1999)


    Special Progams

    TIFF - 1999

    TIFF (Canada, 1999)



    Locarno Film Festival - 1999

    Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland, 1999)


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