Written and directed by Alexander Mindadze

Cinematographer - Oleg Mutu

Cast - Anton Shagin, Svetlana Smirnova-Martsinkevitch, Stanislav Ryadinsky, Vyatcheslav Petkun, Vasily Guzov, Sergey Gromov, Alexey Shlyamin, Uliana Fomitcheva, Alexey Galushko

Saturday, 26 April 1986. A reactor tower has exploded in the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The Communist Party leadership remains silent. But Valery Kabysh, a one-time percussionist and now a young, loyal Party official, observes the panic of those in charge and realizes that every second counts. This is the story of his failed escape. Valery tries to leave the city with his girlfriend and his musician friends. But life simply won't let go of him. It's Saturday, people are out strolling, shopping, celebrating weddings. Children are playing outdoors. In this carefree weekend bustle, every attempt to flee is doomed. The catastrophe is an omnipresent but invisible character in the story. As if one were handcuffed and the keys were lost. A lost passport, a broken heel, a missed train ... A wedding that calls for music till the very end. Vera has to sing, the musicians have to play, and Valery has to take over for the drunken drummer. It used to be Valery's band too ... Mortal danger? Lethal radiation? Even when Valery's band knows what is really going on, they continue to celebrate. Another vodka, another bottle of wine! What else can they do but carry on, be happy, and enjoy the moment. It's Saturday, the sun is shining and the grass is green. Still green ... It's a Saturday of innocence and everyone is abandoned to their fate.


Grand Prix Golden Iris, Brussels International Film Festival, Belgium, 2011

Film Critic's Special Prize, Sao Paolo international Film Festival, Brazil, 2011

Best Male Acting (Anton Shagin), Batumi International Film Festival, Georgia, 2011

Special Prize for Cinemapographer (Oleg Mutu), Transilvania International Film Festival, Romania, 2011

Film Critic's Prize (For the special view on contemporary society) and the Prize of the Journalists' Union of Bulgaria, Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria, 2011


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