Pervye na Lune [First on the Moon] (2005)

[Part of the Science Fiction special in the Vienna Filmmuseum.]

Pervye na Lune is a mockumentary by Aleksei Fedorchenko, starring Boris Vlasov, Viktoriya Ilyinskaya, Viktor Kotov, Anatoli Otradnov and Aleksei Slavnin.

In 1938, Russia built a rocket sent their first manned mission to the moon and were therefore the first to arrive on the moon. But following that success, a series of problem arises and the story of the rocket and its astronaut Ivan Kharlamov (Boris Vlasov) is seemingly forgotten. Until video footage turns up and a team of journalists decides to make a documentary: the movie we’re seeing.

Pervye na Lune worked wonderfully. There’s much attention to detail and even if you don’t know your Russian history (welcome to the club), it’s very enjoyable and told with a nice sense of humor.

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