Stalin won the race for space before Neil Armstrong ever set foot on the moon and Ronald Reagan compared the Soviet Union to the evil empire. Even before WWII, the Soviets shot a rocket to the moon, at least in the version of history presented by here director Aleksey Fedorchenko. This excellent 2005 humorous mockumentary describes the first manned space flight and was a huge undertaking, including construction of an 80 meter rocket, with a crew and cast of about one thousand and a million dollar budget. The director sees the film as a metaphor of the wasted human potential in Soviet Russia.
Venice IFF 2005 – Venice Horizons Documentary Award; Warsaw IFF 2005 – Special Mention; Cottbus FF of Young East European Cinema 2005 – First Work Award of the Student Jury, Special Prize; Sochi Open Russian FF 2005 – Best Debut, Prize of the Guild of Russian Film Scholars and Film Critics
Aleksei Fedorchenko is a Russian director born in Yekaterinburg, who received international acclaim with his debut First on the Moon, which screened at the Venice Film Festival. His other films include Silent Souls (2010), and The Fourth Dimension (2012, co-dir. with Jan Kwieciński and Harmony Korine) starring Val Kilmer.
2005Pierwsi na Księżycu / Pervye na Lune / First on the Moon
2007 Miłość i parowóz / Zheleznaya doroga / The Railway
2010 Milczące dusze / Ovsyanki / Silent Souls
2012 The Fourth Dimension (co-dir.)