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One Man Dies a Million Times (2019)

A true story, set in the future. About seeds and genetic diversity, about growth and decay, about love and war, about hunger of all kinds. About what it means to be human, even when all your humanity is stripped away.

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Jessica Oreck

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Jessica Oreck, Anna Akhmatova (Narration excerpted from) | 6 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Alyssa Lozovskaya ... Alyssa
Maksim Blinov Maksim Blinov ... Maksim
Vladimir Koshevoy ... Vadim
Alena Artemova Alena Artemova ... Dasha
Konstantin Malyshev Konstantin Malyshev ... Dmitry
Andrey Emelyanov Andrey Emelyanov ... Anton
Aleksey Yuferev Aleksey Yuferev ... Alexei
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pavel Abramov Pavel Abramov ... Person on Street and Second Bomb Shelter
Valentin Afanasyev Valentin Afanasyev ... Person in Line at the Bakery
Artem Afitsky Artem Afitsky ... Neighbor
Alisa Alferova Alisa Alferova ... Person in Line at the Bakery
Yuliya Anikeenko Yuliya Anikeenko ... Passenger in the Subway
Maria Antonova Maria Antonova ... Passenger in the Subway
Tatyana Arkhipova Tatyana Arkhipova ... Passersby
Ilya Atamanenko Ilya Atamanenko ... Person in Line at the Bakery
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Caught in the grip of a war-torn Russian winter, the city is starving to death. Despite their hunger, Alyssa and Maksim heroically work to preserve the treasures of the world's most important seed bank - treasures that hold the key to the future of their country's food supply - even though its sustenance could mean their survival.

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Country:

USA

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

9 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Миллион ра3 погибает один 4еловек See more »

Filming Locations:

St. Petersburg, Russia

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1.85 : 1
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A true story, set in the future -
17 March 2019 | by brennausSee all my reviews

A strange movie I saw at the SXSW movie festival. The claim of Jessica Oreck's movie is, "A true story, set in the future". It is based on the 3-years siege of Stalingrad in World War II, when under the siege of the German army, more than on fourth of the population starved to death. The movie contains a lot of authentic voices from survivors of the siege, but the film takes place "in the near future". The look and feel of the movie, however, is more of a 60s Soviet-era--small, torn-down Ikea-less flats, old CRT monitors, shabby clothing. In the film, the city (of course, then called "Leningrad" again) is under siege. The main protagonists, a young couple of biologists--Alyssa and Maksim--work at the world famous N.I. Valivov institute, a resource for mankind's genetic treasure of plants and seeds. The institute was founded in 1921 and, indeed, the scientists under the 1943-45 siege were rather starving to death than eating the bank's precious plants and seeds. A strange, and impressive film, mostly shot in b/w at the authentic locations in Russian language. With minimal resources, the director (about whom I know little) re-enacts a story about Leningrad's citizens' suffering and bravery.


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