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Baikonur (2011)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 September 2011 (Germany)
Iskander, a young man living on the Kazakh steppes, finds French astronaut Julie after her capsule crashes. Julie now has amnesia, but Iskander convinces her they are engaged. (Russian with English subtitles)

Director:

Veit Helmer

Writers:

Sergey Ashkenazi (screenplay), Veit Helmer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Alexander Asochakov Alexander Asochakov ... Iskander 'Gagarin' Orinbekov
Marie de Villepin ... Julie Mahé
Sitora Farmonova Sitora Farmonova ... Nazira
Erbolat Toguzakov ... Rustam (as Erbulat Toguzakov)
Waléra Kanischtscheff ... Baikonur Chef (voice)
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Iskander, a young man living on the Kazakh steppes, finds French astronaut Julie after her capsule crashes. Julie now has amnesia, but Iskander convinces her they are engaged. (Russian with English subtitles)

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

Germany | Russia | Kazakhstan

Language:

Russian | English | French

Release Date:

1 September 2011 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Байконур See more »

Filming Locations:

Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,562
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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First feature film ever shot at Baikonur cosmodrome. See more »

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Poetic, gentle and funny !!!
10 March 2019 | by Foster-the-ManSee all my reviews

Baikonur is the most famous Soviet cosmodrome and this beautiful comedy is set nearby where local Kazakh people live off space debris that literally falls down from heavens.

One of them manages to save the French astronaut who gradually gets into the space program as a potential Russian astronaut.

German director Veit Helmer had access to Baikonur training grounds and the infrastructure so he manages to capture its majestic beauty and its rich retrofuturist texture. There are great contrast between native Kazakhs still living low tech lives and their neighbouring cosmodrome but there are also many things that connect the together since both seem to be forgotten by the rest of the world that leaps forward.

The film is poetic, gentle and funny with a crazy brass score. I really liked it a lot and in this case the mix of ethnic comedy and elements of space travel and astronautics actually feels natural and wonderful.


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