- Screening Date: 24th February,
- Starring: Emir Kusturica, Alexandra Maria Lara, Guillaume Canet, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Aleksey Gorbunov, Dina Korzun
- Directed by: Christian Carion ('Joyeux Noël')
- Running time: 113 minutes
- Rating: (M) Contains low level offensive language
1980’s-set French spy thriller, from the director of Joyeux Noël, based on real events.
A KGB spy (Emir Kusturica), disenchanted with what the Communist ideal has become under Brezhnev, decides to feed Soviet secrets to the government of French President François Mitterrand (Philippe Magnan). He uses a naive French engineer, with no experience of espionage, as his unlikely intermediary. By avoiding traditional espionage methods – which would be easily detected by the KGB – and not asking for any financial compensation – too capitalist for his taste – the Russian spy smuggles out information that would cause ructions that sounded the death bell of the Soviet Union. Codenamed ‘Farewell’ by the French Secret Service, he hoped his defection might bring a new world for all Russians, but especially his son.
Allegedly, the Russian Culture Minister blocked most big-name Russian actors to play a role in the movie. He also blocked it from filming in Moscow. Director Christian Carion pretended he was shooting a Coca-Cola advertisement for the few images of the city he collected.