It is the story of the destiny of four friends who decide to put together a football team at the end of summer in 1914, on the verge of World War I. It is a film about youth and their sense of honour, the tragic love story between a wise, adult woman and a very young man, the Russian intelligentsia, the egoism of youth and, more generally, the end and birth of two historical eras. But it is also the story about my generation, which is very similar to the generation that lived at the beginning of the century. It is also about my family and friends, as we also lived through the break between two eras, even though it was less bloody for us. Our country has changed a lot in such a brief period of time, and this makes the film a very personal story for me. (Alexey Guerman, jr.)

European Panorama 2006
Alexey Guerman, Jr.
Russia 2005
118 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Oleg Antonov, Alexander Vaynshteyn
Cinematography Oleg Lukichov
Editing Ivan Lebedev
With Evgeny Pronin, Danila Kozlovsky, Dmitry Vladimirov, Alexander Bykovsky, Chulpan Khamatova, Iamze Sukhitashvili
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