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Aleksandr Rogozhkin

Kukushka (Cuckoo)

Edition 2002
99' - 2002 - War, Drama, Comedy - Dialogue: German, Russian, Finnish
Director: Aleksandr Rogozhkin Composer: Dmitri Pavlov With: Anni-Kristiina Juuso, Ville Haapasalo, Viktor Bychkov
September 1944. Two runaways, a young Finnish sniper and an older Russian officer, find temporary shelter in the isolated hut of a young Lap woman, whose husband had been away fighting for years. The sniper and the woman speak the same language, but in different dialects, and hardly understand each other - but then neither of them knows a word of Russian. The meeting between the indoctrinated, grimly disposed Russian, who wants to kill the Finn because he wears a German uniform and the Finn, who only wants to be on his way, holds the potential for a tragic outcome. However, the Lap woman’s confident, quietly self-controlled conduct reminds both that there is more to a man than the clothes he wears or the language he speaks. A force of nature in every sense, she nurses both of them back from the brink of death and offers them common ground on which they can both meet.

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Aleksandr Rogozhkin


Dmitri Pavlov


Anni-Kristiina Juuso, Ville Haapasalo, Viktor Bychkov


Aleksandr Rogozhkin

Director of Photography

Andrey Zhegalov


Yuliya Rumyantseva


Sergey Selyanov

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German, Russian, Finnish

Countries of production




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