Sergey first encounters ace pilot Roman during his basic training. His childhood friend Luisa, now a secretary to the base commander, also falls for the charms of the dashing officer. Homosexuality is illegal in the Soviet Air Force and some senior officers are suspicious of Sergey and Roman. At the same time, relations between the Soviet Union and the West are reaching boiling point and the threat of a catastrophic conflict suddenly feels all too real. Based on a true story, this is a beautifully rendered account of love’s flourishing against all odds. It highlights the harshness of this world, edges towards the tragic and is operatic in its intensity. Actors Tom Prior and Oleg Zagorodnii excel as the romantic duo in feature debut director Peeter Rebane’s lavishly orchestrated production.

Brian Robinson, Programmer

Language English

Accessibility Available with closed captions and audio description

Running time 107 minutes

Sales Dankuro Shinma

How to watch

  • On BFI Player in the UK with a ticket or festival pass
  • Watch at any time during the festival
  • 4 hours to finish once you start watching

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