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Imagine - Salyut-7

Kim Shipenko / RU, 2017 / 119 min.

Retelling the rescue of the Salyut-7, this superb Russian film is a stylish and heroic space thriller, captivating from start to finish.

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The year is 1985. When damaged space station Salyut-7 stops responding, a rescue mission must be organized. Only the best cosmonaut could bring this to a good ending and that brings disgraced officer Fyodorov back in the fold. Together with veteran Alyokhin, he goes on a near impossible mission. Part Gravity, part Apollo 13, this is a stylish and heroic space thriller that is totally captivating from start to finish.

Based on true events - back then the rescue was judged as a near miracle - this Russian blockbuster is part Gravity, part Apollo 13, infused with Russian melancholy and humour. Behind it all, there are the cold war politics: the newly launched American Space Shuttle could take the entire craft as cargo and steal Soviet technology. Visually, the film belies its modest budget of 15 million dollar: the space scenes are gorgeous and period detail on the ground is spot on. But above all, Salyut-7 is a stylish and heroic space thriller that is totally captivating from start to finish.

Details

Director

Kim Shipenko

Production year

2017

Country

RU

Original title

Imagine - Salyut-7

Length

119 min.

Format

DCP

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