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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
Oliver Jackson-Cohen ... Misha
Antje Traue ... Marina
Amy Nuttall ... Maya
Anthony Head ... Old Misha
Thure Lindhardt ... Dimtri
Sam Reid ... Alexander
Ben Batt ... Oleg
Milos Timotijevic ... First Man
Jelena Gavrilovic Jelena Gavrilovic ... Svetlana
Anne Kidd Anne Kidd ... Anna
Branislav Tomasevic Branislav Tomasevic ... KGB Man
Imogen Daines ... Young Jackie
Nenad Herakovic Nenad Herakovic ... Man #1 (Drop Apartment)


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 »


Lauren: Sorry, are you going to interview me about my work, or my family?
Marina: Why not both? How about over dinner? Unless you have someone with you.
Lauren: No, I'm alone. I guess I haven't met the right woman yet.
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A work of art!
9 September 2018 | by dtlongoSee all my reviews

I accept that I am not among the sophisticati who live and breathe movies and contribute frequently to IMDB. But as a U.S. diplomat I served at the U.S. Embassy in communist Budapest Hungary in the Cold War 1970's. Much that was depicted in this movie ran true back then -- dilapitated decaying wall-peeling apartnents and buildings versus relatively elegant government buildings, bugging of even private apartments, etc. etc. Much was the same in Moscow too. I write rarely on IMDB and only when some movie especially intrigues me. This one did. No grotesque slasher torture-, gun- or hyper-violence here, no f-words. Rather, intelligent dialogues, gorgeous repeat gorgeous cinenatography, delicate music and I venture director's and financial backers' love for this movie's concept make this movie a true work of ART. I am glad it came to be nade.

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