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Veit Helmer


“Whatever falls from heaven, you may keep.” That’s the unwritten law of the Kazakh steppes avidly adhered to by the inhabitants of a small village, who collect the space debris that falls downrange from the nearby Baikonur Cosmodrome. The last two youthful members of the village are the radio operator Iskander, known as Gagarin, and the spirited Nazira. While Nazira finds it increasing difficult to conceal her love for Iskander, he is evidently not only crazy about Baikonur and the vastness of outer space, but also deeply smitten with the beautiful French astronaut Julie Mahé, whose journey to the stars he wistfully follows on television. Until she falls from heaven.

Check out a 4 film retrospective on the director, Veit Helmer.


Alexander Asochakov, Marie de Villepin, Sitora Farmonova, Erbolat Toguzakov, Waléra Kanischtscheff


Writers: Sergey Ashkenazi, Veit Helmer, Daniela Baumgärtl; Composer: Goran Bregovic; Cinematographer: Nikolai Kanow; Editor: Vincent Assmann


Busan International Film Festival, Arras Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival

Extra Contents

1 - Making of (English only)

Director's Filmography

- The Bra, 2018

- Fiddlesticks, 2014

- Baikonur, 2011

- Dushanbe with Love, short, 2009

- Absurdistan, 2008

- Surprise! 12 Filme von Veit Helmer, 2006

- Dog's Life, short, 2005

- Behind the Couch: Casting in Hollywood, 2005

- Boom, short, 2005

- Caspian Bride, short, 2005

- Georgian Summer, short, 2004

- Gate to Heaven, 2003

- Uzbek Express!, short, 2003

- House of Joy, short, 2001

- Be Careful at Night, short, 2001

- City Lives: Berlin, 2000

- Tuvalu, 1999

- Suprise!, short, 1998

- Tour Eiffel, short, 1994

- The Window Cleaner, short, 1993

- Within Grasp, short, 1991

- Bandits, short, 1990

- Tour d'Amour, short, 1989

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