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ANTON

by Zaza Urushadze

synopsis

Anton explores how the universal bonds of childhood friendship are stronger than the prejudices of an adult world torn by hatred and revenge in the wake of the First World War and Russian Revolution. The year is 1919. The story unfolds in a small village in Ukraine, a region settled by German families many decades earlier to farm the rich land near the Black Sea. It brings into clear focus the true meaning of friendship. Together, Anton and Jakob find strength and comfort. It is a friendship shaped by their fascination with gazing at clouds and the significance of heaven as they imagine it. Although Anton is a Catholic and Jakob is a Jew, their friendship is more powerful than their different religious backgrounds. Their belief in each other as young boys and the imaginary world they create shields them from the fear, violence and divisions that surround them. Separated when Anton's family ultimately escapes from Ukraine to seek a new life, the memory of their friendship endures through the decades, shaping their lives until they finally reunite as Anton nears death.

international title: Anton
original title: Anton
country: Ukraine, Georgia, Lithuania, United States, Canada
year: 2019
genre: fiction
directed by: Zaza Urushadze
film run: 102'
release date: ES 12/02/2021
screenplay: Dale Eisler, Zaza Urushadze, Vadym Yermolenko
cast: Natalia Ryumina, Regimantas Adomaitis, Juozas Budraitis, Anton Sebastyan, Sergey Denga, Simson Bubbel, Pavlo Shpegun, Oleg Simonenko, Nikita Shlanchak
cinematography by: Mikhail Petrenko
film editing: Alexander Kuranov
art director: Volodymyr Filippov, Olga Svitlychna
costumes designer: Inga Zhytnia
music: Patrick Cannell, Miroslav Skorik
producer: Mirza Davitaia, Volodymyr Filippov, Oleksandr Kovalenko, Frank Mayor, Alla Ovsyannikova
co-producer: Kestutis Drazdauskas
associate producer: Dale Eisler, David Lekishvili, Andrii Osipov
production: Insightmedia Producing Center, Artbox, Georgia International Films, Cinevision Global (US)
backing: Ukrainian State Film Agency (US)
distributor: European Dreams Factory
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