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FIREBIRD

Premiere: 19th of August 2022
Release VOD: 19th of September 2022

Director: Peeter Rebane

Cast: Tom Prior, Oleg Zagorodnii, Diana Pozharskaya, Jake Henderson, Magnus Prangel, Nicholas Woodeson, Ester Kuntu, Kaspar Velberg 
Genre: Drama, LGBTQ+, Romance, Thriller

Country: United Kingdom, Estonia

Length: 107 min

Rating: 15 years

Synopsis: Based on a true story during the Cold War, Firebird is a passionate love story set against the backdrop of an Air Force base in occupied Estonia during late 1970s Communist rule. Sergey, a soulful young soldier who dreams of becoming an actor in Moscow, is counting the days until his military service ends. His life turned upside down when he locks eyes with Roman, a sexy, enigmatic ace fighter pilot newly assigned to his base. Driven by their undeniable attraction, Sergey and Roman navigate the precarious line between love and friendship at a time when Soviet men in uniform caught having a sexual affair was met with the severest punishment. As their friendship grows into love, the men risk their freedom and their lives to be together in the face of an all-seeing Soviet regime.

Press material, stills and poster.


★ ★ ★ ★ ”Succulent, moving and delicious, this is a romance for the ages that you can completely lose yourself in.” - The Pink Lens

 

★ ★ ★ ★ ”Strongly engaging and very moving” - Shadows on the Wall

 

★ ★ ★ ★ ”Though it tells a familiar tale of forbidden love, this slick and heartfelt wartime drama is a timely reminder of continued Soviet prejudice against LGBTQ+ people.” - Radio Times 

 

"'Firebird' vill först och främst visa på det eviga i kärlekens kraft, en kraft som går bortom tid, rum och kön." -  Moviezine 

 

”'Firebird' är en tjusig film, med en stadig rytm av fara kontra njutning." - Aftonbladet 

 

”The film’s exploration of love, courage and the price of speaking your truth is as timely as it’s ever been, and for Russians particularly” - Guardian

 

”Prior and Zagorodnii are both so watchable, and their chemistry so electric, that it’s easy to get swept away in their romance” - IndieWire

 

”A glossy love story with conviction and genuine historical tragedy” - Daily Mirror UK

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