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The Bright Side of the Moon

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The Bright Side of the Moon (La prima notte della luna)

The Bright Side of the Moon (La prima notte della luna)

original title:

LA PRIMA NOTTE DELLA LUNA

directed by:

cast:

Lyanka Gryu, Branko Djuric, Giancarlo Giannini, Tanja Bilic, Philipp Azarov, Sergei Krassovsky, Nadezhda Shumilova, Yuri Itskov, Olga Belyavskaya, Igor Golovin, Sergei Gamov, Olga Onishenko

production:

E/CO Cinematografica, supported by MiBACT, Peacock Film (Zurich), United Film Company (Moscow), Studio Filmowe Kalejdoskop (Warszava)

country:

Italy/Russia/Poland/Switzerland

year:

2009

film run:

120'

format:

35mm - colour

festival & awards:

In Leningrad 1967, Tonja is about to fulfil her long life dream to become a kosmonaut, when she meets Mikhail, the love of her life. After standing up to one of her officers harassing her, Tonja is kicked out of the space program and her foundation is shattered.
Then Philip, an American, enters her life, a meeting which turns out to be the beginning of a great and tragic love affair that will affect them all forever. Tonya is torn between her feelings for Mikkhail - her rugged knight in rusty armour - and Philip - the sophisticated older man, and soon she has to choose between true love or a wealthy and safe new life in the west.