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BAIKONUR
photo © Veit Helmer-Filmproduktion

Whatever falls from heaven, you may keep.

When astronaut Julie Mahé crash-lands with her small space capsule onto the Kazakh steppes, local radio operator Iskander (nicknamed 'Gagarin') finds her unconscious. Hopelessly lovestruck, he convinces the amnesic Julie that they are engaged to be married. But even the most romantic lie cannot remain undiscovered forever.


Veit Helmer was born in 1968 and has been making films since he was 14. He studied Directing at the University of Television & Film in Munich and co-produced A TRICK OF LIGHT by Wim Wenders. He became known for his offbeat short films which earned him more than 50 awards at numerous international film festivals. His features include TUVALU (1999), which was shown at 62 festivals and won over 30 awards, GATE TO HEAVEN (2003), ABSURDISTAN (2007), BAIKONUR (2011), and QUATSCH (2014).
Genre Love Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Veit Helmer
Screenplay Veit Helmer, Sergej Ashkenazy
Cast Alexander Asochakov, Marie de Villepin, Sitora Farmonova
Producer Veit Helmer
Co-Producers Gulnara Sarsenova, Anna Katchko, Sergey Selyanov
Production Company Veit Helmer-Filmproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with Eurasia Film/Almaty, Tandem Productions/Moscow, CTB Film Production/Moscow, RBB, Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE
Length 94 min
Format 35 mm, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 Russian, English, French
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Busan 2011, Berlin 2012, Palm Springs 2012, Dhaka 2012, Sofia 2012, Tiflis 2012, Cinema Novo 2012 (In Competition), Prague 2012, Cleveland 2012, Moscow 2012, Durban 2012, Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal 2012
With backing from German Federal Film Board, BKM, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund, MFG Baden-Württemberg, MEDIA, Fond Kino Russia, éQuinoxe Germany, Babylon, Nipkow Program, DLR

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