FILM
INNOCENT SATURDAY
INNOCENT SATURDAY
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Genre: drama
Country: Russia, Germany, Ukraine
Year of the release: 2011
Running time: 99’
Production companies: Passenger film studio, Non-Stop Production, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Russia, Sota Cinema Group (Ukraine), Bavaria Film (Germany) and MDR and ARTE TV channels (Germany)
Producers: Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov, Matthias Esche, Oleg Kokhan, Dmitry Efremov
Director: Alexander Mindadze
Screenwriter: Alexander Mindadze
Director of photography: Oleg Mutu
Cast: Anton Shagin, Svetlana Smirnova-Martsinkevitch, Stanislav Ryadinsky, Vyatcheslav Petkun, Vasily Guzov, Sergey Gromov, Alexey Shlyamin, Uliana Fomitcheva, Alexey Galushko


Saturday, 26 April 1986. A reactor tower has exploded in the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The Communist Party leadership remains silent. But Valery Kabysh, a one-time percussionist and now a young, loyal Party official, observes the panic of those in charge and realizes that every second counts. This is the story of his failed escape. Valery tries to leave the city with his girlfriend and his musician friends. But
life simply won’t let go of him. It’s Saturday, people are out strolling, shopping, celebrating weddings. Children are playing outdoors. In this carefree weekend bustle, every attempt to flee is doomed. The catastrophe is an omnipresent but invisible character in the story. As if one were handcuffed and the keys were lost. A lost passport, a broken heel, a missed train … A wedding that calls for music till the very end. Vera has to sing, the musicians have to play, and Valery has to take over for the drunken drummer. It used to be Valery’s band too … Mortal danger? Lethal radiation? Even when Valery’s band knows what is really going on, they continue to celebrate. Another vodka, another bottle of wine! What else can they do but carry on, be happy, and enjoy the moment. It’s Saturday, the sun is shining and the grass is green. Still green … It’s a Saturday of innocence and everyone is abandoned to their fate.

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