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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 06.09.15] Russia scifi history

Russian producer Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Night Watch) is bringing what looks to be a thrilling space film in the same wheelhouse as Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity. Called First Time (or VREMYA PERVYH), the movie is based on the true story of cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first man in space.

More specifically, First Time chronicles Leonov's arduous, five meter space walk from one part of the "Voskhod-2" to the another and with only 30 minutes of oxygen.

March 18, 1965. For 77 days before the Americans went into space, the Soviet Union wins the technological race when Alexei Leonov first greeted earthlings from outer space, and, according to the chronicle, safely walked back to the ship. But these 5 meters to the gateway are the most painful walk in his life, and an emergency landing in manual mode - an example of the incredible will to live of the Leonov and Pavel Belyaev his partner.

The film, directed by Yuri Bykov is due out sometime in 2016.

More as it comes, folks!

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