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Apocalypse 99 (Apokalypse 99 - Anatomie eines Amoklaeufers)

Apocalypse 99

Nuclear power and naked ambition are the recipe for disaster when Vladimir Samailov, director of a Russian powerplant, overrules his safety director, Vladimir Mentschov, who knows the place is a timebomb. And to ensure he stays quiet Samailov has him fired.

Mentschov's successor, Oleg Gusenko, is just as critical but Samailov continues to put career before conscience. So Mentschov, slowly losing his grip on sanity, manipulates the cooling system to make the reactor overheat and so prove the safety valves will fail.

As news of what he's done spreads among the population like wildfire, Oleg and his wife Larissa, of whom Mentschov is very fond, try to reason with him. But the very safety problems Mentschov is trying to highlight mean he can't reverse his actions. Racing towards disaster, they all struggle to prevent the looming catastrophe.


Dmitri Astrachan was born in 1957 in Leningrad, today St. Petersburg. He graduated from the Leningrad State Institute for Theater, Music and Cinema, having majored in Playwriting. From 1982-1987, he was artistic director of the Sverdlovsk Youth Theater. In 1987, he became head of the famous Bolshoi Theater. Four years later he was invited to lead the St. Petersburg Academic Comedy. In 1995, he left the theater to concentrate on film production. His award-winning films include: Get Thee Out! (Isidi, 1991), You Are the Only One (Du bist fuer mich die einzige, 1993), Everything Will Be All Right (Alles wird besser, 1993), From Hell to Hell (Von Hoelle zu Hoelle, 1996), Anatomie eines Amoklaeufers (1998), Kasachstan Lady (2000), and The Devil Who Called Himself God (Der Teufel der sich Gott nannte, 2002).
Genre Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Dmitri Astrachan
Screenplay Karsten Laske, M. Klaschka
Cinematography A. F. Rud
L. Mikulo, L. Birkenhof
Alexej Grigoriew
Cast Karoline Eichhorn, Thomas Heinze, Ulrich Tukur, Juraj Kukura
Producer Artur Brauner
Production Companies CCC-Filmkunst, Gran Film, Moscow
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German/Russian
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo

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