My Good Hans

Year of participation 2016
Program Non-competition Programs

My Good Hans
Producer(s) Alexander Mindadze, Liza Antonova, Valery Kharkov, Heino Deckert, Len Blavatnik
Director(s) Alexander Mindadze
Script Alexander Mindadze
Director of Photography Oleg Mutu
Production designer Kirill Shuvalov
Edit Dasha Danilova
Cast Jacob Diehl, Birgit Minichmayr, Mark Waschke, Roza Khairulina, Marc Hosemann, Andryus Daryala, Anna Skidanova, Svetlana Kosolapova
Production company(-ies) Passenger Film Studio (Russia), (Germany), AI Films (UK), Cinema Fund (Russia), Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung Medienboard, Berlin-Brandenburg (Germany)


Spring of 1941. German engineer Hans and his colleagues arrive on a business trip to the USSR glass manufacturing factory. It was the very time when following the signing of the Soviet-Nazi German Pact (23 August, 1939) and the German–Soviet Boundary and Friendship Treaty (28 September, 1939), the USSR and Nazi Germany concluded several bilateral Commercial Agreements in 1939 – 1941. Thereunder the Soviet Union was to deliver the raw materials to Germany, and Germany was to supply the latest industrial machinery and technologies to the USSR. Hans’s story is really dramatic. This is a foreboding story of the approaching war, a story about perturbation of a man who does not realize what is happening with him. As if the first shell were already exploded inside of him. As fates decree Hans comes back to these places, but as an officer of the German military form in the buddy seat of a motorcycle. A former engineer of a glass manufacturing company looks in field glasses – these are his glasses, which he has created at the factory by himself. His secret past comes back to him. Does it really happen to him? Is it a reality or it does not mean anything, it did not mean anything? And the waves of history fade away everything...



Best Narrative Feature, Best Actor, Best Cinematographer, Antonioni Award, Chicago International Arthouse FF, 2015; Best Screenplay, Golden Eagle Award, National Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences of Russia, 2016; Best Film, Best Screenplay, The Nika Award, Russian Academy of Cinema Arts and Science, 2016; Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, White Elephant Award, Russian Guild of Film Critics, 2016

Moscow Cinema
 Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation
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