DIRECTOR: NIKOLAI LEBEDEV
CAST: IGOR PETRENKO, ALEXEI PANIN, ARTEM SEMAKIN, ALEXEI KRAVCHENKO
The story follows a group of Red Army scouts as they assemble for a reconnaissance mission to spy on the regrouping German forces. One of the new faces in the camp is a fresh-faced young wireless operator, who instantly falls in love with the commander of the scout team. As they push into enemy territory, every radio message sends her into rapture. Meanwhile the scouts have to contend with dodging detection by the Germans—no mean feat as the body count continues to rise. The team uncovers the preparations for a massive German offensive, but only after losing their radio. A desperate search ensues for a means to get the vital information about the coming attack back to base as the German army close in on them. A remake of the Soviet era classic by Aleksandr Ivanov (1949), festival favourite, Nikolai Lebedev’s The Star is an attempt to challenge established Soviet myths of WWII and offer alternative narratives.