A 35 year old businessman from Russia is dreaming of being launched into space...
Does he have what it takes to be a professional cosmonaut? How far is he willing to go?
A mesmerizing thriller for those prepared to forgo gravity...
- Genre: Drama/Thriller
- Run Time: 72 minutes
- Writer, Director: Maxim Trofimov
- Starring: Georgiy Teslya-Gerasimov, Marina Konyashkina, Tagir Rakhimov
- Language: Russian (English subs)
- Year: 2012
- Produced: Maxim Trofimov, Roman Losev
Cosmonautics, which is presented in England for the very first time, is a true gem of contemporary Russian filmmaking. The film invites us to immerse ourselves into a thrilling roller-coaster of suspense, surprise and shock while juxtaposing the stiff, sterile atmosphere of the universe's professionalism, the institutionalised cosmos. Cold scientific facts and numbers collide with a man's ambition to redefine himself. At the same time the film's Beckettian style introduces a tragicomic view of the human nature and a sense of subtle black humour that makes it very different from any other film of its kind.
Yuri, a 35 year old business man, suddenly one day finds his life is going nowhere and decides to become a professional cosmonaut. But the complexity and length of the training prove frustrating, and Yuri questions if he will ever reach his goal, until the accidental death of a fellow trainee suddenly brings him tantalizingly close to realising his dream, but also close to losing everything.