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On 26 April 1986, reactor 4 of Chernobyl nuclear power station in the Ukraine exploded. In the following months, thousands of young conscripted soldiers were drafted into the area from all over the Soviet Union and deployed for the clean-up operation. Few of them were aware of the danger they were in.

England! is the story of the adventurer Valeri Sikorski from Chernobyl. When the doctors tell him that his days are numbered, Valeri takes off. England is his destination. But first he travels to Berlin to pick up his old friend Victor. He wants to take him along. But Victor has disappeared. And Valeri will look for him.

Achim von Borries was born in Munich in 1968. He studied History, Political Science and Philosophy in Berlin, followed by studies at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin. Active as a writer and director, he has directed ENGLAND! (2000), LOVE IN THOUGHTS (2004), and 4 DAYS IN MAY (2011). He collaborated on the screenplays to such films as GOOD BYE, LENIN!, THE THREE ROBBERS, MEIN SOMMER MIT MOLOMOK, LILLY THE WITCH - THE JOURNEY TO MANDOLAN, and KARL MAY - PHANTAST.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Achim von Borries
Screenplay Achim von Borries
Cinematography Jutta Pohlmann
Gergana Voigt
Daler Nazarov, Ingo Ludwig Frenzel
Cast Ivan Shvedoff, Merab Ninidze, Anna Geislerová, Chulpan Khamatova, Denis Burgazliev
Producers Judy Tossell, Susanne Marian
Production Company Tossell Pictures/Berlin, in cooperation with ZDF, Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB), Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures
Length 96 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Intertitled Versions English
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
Festivals Munich 2000, San Sebastian 2000 (New Directors' Competition), Rotterdam 2001, Gothenburg 2001, Berlin 2001 (New German Films)
Awards Prix Europa Fernsehprogramm des Jahres 2001, Best Screenplay & Best Cinematography from the Society of German Film Critics 2002
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film

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