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DAU. NATASHA

by Ilya Khrzhanovskiy, Jekaterina Oertel

synopsis

Natasha runs the canteen at a secret 1950s Soviet research institute. This is the beating heart of the DAU universe, everyone drops in here: the institute’s employees, scientists and visiting foreign guests. Natasha’s world is a small one, split between the demands of the canteen during the day and alcohol fuelled nights with her younger colleague Olga, during which the two confide their hopes of romance and for a different future. At a party one evening Natasha becomes close to a visiting French scientist Luc Bigé and the two sleep together. The following day her life takes a dramatic turn when she is summoned to an interrogation by the KGB’s General Vladimir Azhippo who questions the nature of her relationship with the foreign guest.

international title: DAU. Natasha
original title: DAU. Natasha
country: Germany, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Russian Federation
sales agent: Coproduction Office
year: 2020
genre: fiction
directed by: Ilya Khrzhanovskiy, Jekaterina Oertel
film run: 145’
screenplay: Ilya Khrzhanovskiy, Jekaterina Oertel
cast: Natalia Berezhnaya, Olga Shkabarnya, Vladimir Azhippo, Alexei Blinov, Luc Bigé
cinematography by: Jürgen Jürges
film editing: Brand Thumim
art director: Denis Shibanov
costumes designer: Lyubov Mingasitinova, Irina Tsvetkova, Olga Bekritskaya, Elena Bekritskaya
producer: Sergey Adonyev
co-producer: Svetlana Dragayeva, Susanne Marian, Alexandra Timofeeva
production: Phenomen Berlin Filmproduktion, Phenomen UK, Phenomen Ukraine (UA), Phenomen Films (RU)

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