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IFC Midnight launches Russian sci-fi chiller “SPUTNIK” this summer

Monday, April 20, 2020 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

A selection for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, the saga of a dangerous space creature is now headed for release later this year.

IFC Midnight will release director Egor Abramenko’s SPUTNIK August 14. Written by Oleg Malovichko and Andrei Zolotarev, the movie stars Oksana Akinshina (LILYA 4-EVER), Fedor Bondarchuk, Pyotr Fyodorov and Anton Vasilev. The synopsis: “Russia, 1983: Cold War tensions at their peak. A terrifying scene is discovered at the landing site of spacecraft Orbit-4. The commander is dead, the flight engineer in coma. The third crew member, Valery Basov, has survived, but he has lost his memory from the horrific experience and cannot shed light on the cause of the accident. In a secluded government facility, under the vigilant watch of armed guards, psychologist Tatiana Klimova [Akinshina] must cure the astronaut’s amnesia and unravel the mystery. In the process, she learns that Orbit-4 may have carried back an alien parasite that threatens to consume them all.” Check out the Russian trailer for the film below.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.