Leaving Afghanistan

Russia, 2019, 112 min, 16+
director Pavel Lungin
script Pavel Lungin, Alexander Lungin
director of photography Igor Grinyakin
producers Pavel Lungin, Evgeny Panfilov
cast Kirill Pirogov, Jan Tsapnik, Vitaly Kishchenko, Fyodor Lavrov, Oleg Vasilkov, Anton Momot, Mikhail Kremer, Kirill Ermichev, Roman Kolotukhin, Vasily Butkevich
1988. The end of the Soviet-Afghan war. The USSR begins its withdrawal from Afghanistan. Soviet General Vasiliev's son – a pilot named Alexander gets kidnapped by the mujahideen after his airplane crashes. As a result the 108th motorized infantry division's long awaited return home gets put on hold for one last mission: bring the General's son back. Based on true events the previously untold story of the courageous and tragic withdrawal campaign (through the Salang pass) reveals the danger, the horror and the complexity of human nature during wartime.
Pavel Lungin is a Soviet and Russian film director, screenwriter and producer. People's Artist of the Russian Federation (2008). He debuted as a screenwriter in 1976 with a family film It's All About the Brother. Other films made of his screenplays followed: The End of the Taiga Emperor (1978), Everything's the Wrong Way (1981), Invincible (1983). Lungin's directorial debut Taxi Blues (1990) starring the musician Petr Mamonov won him Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festivals. His following directorial works were Luna Park (1992), Line of Life (1996), The Wedding (2000) and mini-series The Case of Dead Souls (2005). In 2006, Lungin directed another film with Petr Mamonov, The Island. He has been living in France since the 1990s but works in Russia and makes films on Russian themes. Winner of the Golden Eagle and Nika for best direction for The Island. Member of the Legion of Honor (France, 2008).

Pavel Lungin