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The Russian Woodpecker (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary, War | 16 October 2015 (USA)
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As his country is gripped by revolution and war, a Ukrainian victim of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster discovers a dark secret and must decide whether to risk his life and play his part in the revolution by revealing it.

Director:

Chad Gracia

Writer:

Chad Gracia
7 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Andrei Alexandrovich Andrei Alexandrovich ... Fedor's Father
Fedor Alexandrovich Fedor Alexandrovich ... Himself
Igor Alexandrovich Igor Alexandrovich ... Fedor's Son
Natalia Barabovskaya Natalia Barabovskaya ... Chernobyl Historian (as Dr. Natalia Baranovskaya)
Andrei Bilyk Andrei Bilyk ... Chernobyl Chief Engineer
Fedor Chebanenko Fedor Chebanenko ... Duga Data Commander (as Lt-Col. Fedor Chebanenko)
Charlie D'Agata Charlie D'Agata ... Himself - CBS News Foreign Correspondent (archive footage)
Anatoly Duatlov Anatoly Duatlov ... Chernobyl Engineer
Fedor Dubrovka Fedor Dubrovka ... Radar Professor
Boris Gorbachev Boris Gorbachev ... Physicist
Mikhail Gorbachev ... Former President Russia (archive footage)
Viktor Janoekovytsj Viktor Janoekovytsj ... Former President Ukraine (archive footage)
Vitali Klytsjko Vitali Klytsjko ... Mayor of Kiev / Opposition Leader (archive footage)
Vladimir Komarov Vladimir Komarov ... Head of Chernobyl Investigation Committee
Georgy Kopchinski Georgy Kopchinski ... Last Soviet Head of Atomic Energy
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As his country is gripped by revolution and war, a Ukrainian victim of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster discovers a dark secret and must decide whether to risk his life and play his part in the revolution by revealing it.

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Documentary | War

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Ukraine | UK | USA

Language:

Russian | English

Release Date:

16 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il complotto di Chernobyl - The Russian Woodpecker See more »

Filming Locations:

Ukraine See more »

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Fedor's plastic "dream sequence" costume was inspired by a type of anti-radiation suit worn by Chernobyl liquidators and which Fedor saw at Kiev's Chernobyl Museum. See more »

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Fantastic documentary!
12 July 2015 | by summerfestloverSee all my reviews

I saw this documentary at the Washington DC film festival, and loved it! It is an investigation into the Chernobyl disaster, along with ongoing issues between Russia and Ukraine. It is a suspenseful documentary that draws you in from the first minutes. Fedor, the protagonist, is a very artistic and unique person; he acts heroically in the face of true danger. Fedor is both an artist and an investigator in this film.

The story of how he came to investigate the "Russian Woodpecker," is told thoughtfully by the film makers. I highly recommend seeing this true life, and very relevant, documentary. The cinematography is wonderful as well. I loved this documentary!!!


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