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Despite the Falling Snow (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 31 March 2017 (USA)
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In Cold War Moscow, a female spy steals secrets from an idealistic politician - and falls in love with him.


Shamim Sarif


Shamim Sarif (written for the screen by)
12 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Rebecca Ferguson ... Katya / Lauren
Charles Dance ... Old Alexander
Antje Traue ... Marina
Oliver Jackson-Cohen ... Misha
Anthony Head ... Old Misha
Thure Lindhardt ... Dimtri
Sam Reid ... Alexander
Amy Nuttall ... Maya
Jelena Gavrilovic ... Svetlana
Ben Batt ... Oleg
Milos Timotijevic ... First Man
Anne Kidd Anne Kidd ... Anna
Tamara Krcunovic ... Receptionist
Imogen Daines ... Young Jackie
Ana Sofrenovic Ana Sofrenovic ... Nadia


In 1950s Moscow, communist Katya secretly spies for the Americans in the Cold War arms race. When she lands her biggest assignment, stealing secrets from rising government star Alexander, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with him. Reconciling her passion for him with her beliefs about communism means making the greatest sacrifice - of her life - a sacrifice that Alexander only uncovers thirty years later. Written by Enlightenment Productions

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando cae la Nieve See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgrade, Serbia See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When asked in an interview how she got into character for the two roles of Katya and Lauren, Rebecca Ferguson said that she would listen to music that she thought each character would have listened to. This helped her separate the two roles in her head but she would not disclose what music she used for either character. See more »


At the party in the opening sequence the American flag hangs with the field in the upper right corner. Flag etiquette requires that it have the field in the upper left corner. This should be known by a government agency. See more »


Alexander: It was my father, he started me on my career.
Katya: And how would you find your passion in life if you are following your gather's dream?
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A laughable movie
7 June 2016 | by newjersianSee all my reviews

Maybe for a western movie goer who doesn't know the realities of the former Soviet Union that soap opera is watchable. But for people who came from behind the iron curtain this movie looks like a good parody. In every detail: clothes, make ups, looks of the soviet streets and people,the shown events everything is unbelievably wrong.It always makes you wonder on why the film makers spent millions on producing such a movie, but couldn't they hire a consultant? The mistakes they made are so plentiful that, where I should've cried for a beautiful Katya, I couldn't hold my giggles. Unfortunately, that movie was dubbed in Russian language and shown there in many movie theaters. I can only imagine with what epithets the Russian viewers commented the film. Many times I read in the Russian newspapers that Americans are stupid. And what can they think after watching that rubbish?

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