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This exquisite film from renowned director Zaza Urushadze explores a little-known period of Russian history. Using the universal theme of childhood friendship, the film contrasts the simple and enduring qualities of a friendship between two boys. Anton is Catholic and Jacob is Jewish, and yet their friendship proves more resilient than the forces of politics and revolution swirling around them.

"Anton explores how the universal bonds of childhood friendship are stronger than the prejudices of an adult world torn by hatred and revenge in the wake of the First World War and Russian Revolution. The year is 1919. The story unfolds in a small village in Ukraine, a region settled by German families many decades earlier to farm the rich land near the Black Sea. It brings into clear focus the true meaning of friendship. Together, Anton and Jakob find strength and comfort. It is a friendship shaped by their fascination with gazing at clouds and the significance of heaven as they imagine it. Although Anton is a Catholic and Jakob is a Jew, their friendship is more powerful than their different religious backgrounds. Their belief in each other as young boys and the imaginary world they create shields them from the fear, violence and divisions that surround them. Separated when Anton's family ultimately escapes from Ukraine to seek a new life, the memory of their friendship endures." -Dale Eisler


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Program Details
  • Format: 1 x 102 Minutes
  • Production Year: 2019
  • Supplier: GI Films (Mr. Mirza Davitaia)
  • Original Language: Russian
"The camera, with elegant movements, points to the eyes and the heart." - ABC.es "The horrors of war from the microcosm of a small town in Ukraine." - elcultural.com "One of the best films released in Spain in 2020." - nosolocine.net "A hymn to peace and love." - diariovasco.com
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2020 (Screened as part of a special program, In Memory of Zaza Urushadze)
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