The Man Who Saved The World
Peter Anthony / 2014 / Denmark / Russian & English
'The Man Who Saved the World' is an epic Cold War thriller that sends shivers down your spine, while also being a gripping story about the man who actually saved the world, and his struggle to get his life back on track before it is too late.
Three decades later, this forgotten hero went on a spectacular journey to the United States, where he was finally acknowledged for his historic deed and found the strength to reconcile with his past.
1983. The Cold War is seconds from exploding. The world holds its breath as the superpowers USA and USSR are arming themselves against each other with thousands of nuclear missiles. On the 26th of September, Russian radars intercept five nuclear missiles on their way to Russia.
Stanislav Petrov is commander-in-chief. The decision that would start World War III rests on his shoulders. Should Russia fire nuclear missiles at the United States in defence? Today, the world still exists, but Petrov himself is a ruined man. A man who, in his own words, is not a hero and who went against all protocol, relying on his own instinct instead of the computers. He lives in a small apartment full of empty vodka bottles, has lost his family and is wavering between two choices: should he forgive his mother, who expelled him as a youngster, and love the only family he has left - or remain enshrouded in liquor-fuelled inebriation.
'The Man Who Saved the World' is an epic Cold War thriller that sends shivers down your spine, while also being a gripping story about the man who actually saved the world, and his struggle to get his life back on track before it is too late. (http://cphdox.dk)
The Man Who Saved the World by Danish director Peter Anthony is a 2014 feature film about Stanislav Petrov, a former lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defence Forces. Other stars appearing in the film include Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher and Walter Cronkite.
The film premiered in October 2014 at the Woodstock Film Festival in Woodstock, New York, winning; "Honorable Mention: Audience Award Winner for Best Narrative Feature" and "Honorable Mention: James Lyons Award for Best Editing of a Narrative Feature."
For a few crucial moments on September 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov held the fate of the world in his hands.
When an alarm suddenly went off at Soviet nuclear early warning center Serpukhov-15, Stanislav was responsible for reacting to a report that five American nuclear missiles were heading toward the Soviet Union. Rather than retaliate, Stanislav followed his gut feeling and went against protocol, convincing the armed forces that it was a false alarm. His decision saved the world from a potential devastating nuclear holocaust.
Three decades later, this forgotten hero went on a spectacular journey to the United States, where he was finally acknowledged for his historic deed and found the strength to reconcile with his past. On his journey, he was greeted by Walter Cronkite as "The Man Who Saved the World" and met Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, and Ashton Kutcher.
Shot on location in the former Soviet Union and the United States, The Man Who Saved the World shines a light on nuclear disarmament. It shows how precarious our world has become in the nuclear age and how our own belief in humanity and each other is the hope that we must foster in order to survive and thrive.(wikipedia)
The Man Who Saved the World (2014)
Directed by Peter Anthony
Produced by Jakob Staberg, Christian D. Bruun, Mark Romeo, Raphael Avigdor, Svilen Kamburov
Written by Peter Anthony
Starring: Stanislav Petrov, Nataliya Vdovina, Sergey Shnyryov
Cinematography: Kim Hattesen, Anders Löfstedt
Edited by Morten Højbjerg
Release dates: Premiered October 2014, Woodstock Film Festival
Country: United States
Language: English and Russian