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First On The Moon

Dir. Alexei Fedorchenko, Russia, 2005, 76 min.
First On The Moon

Winner of the Venice Horizons Documentary, Venice Film Festival, 2005

Think it was Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin? Well, think again, because as Alexei Fedorchenko's unsettling debut film reveals, a Soviet cosmopilot, Ivan Kharlamov, actually went there and back in 1938, piloting his experimental, and highly secretive craft back to Chile, from where he undertook an arduous journey across the Pacific, through China and Mongolia and finally into Mother Russia itself. First on the Moon is a touching expression of an unfettered utopian spirit - a sense of the limitless possibilities of human ingenuity and imagination - that characterized many people's vision of the Soviet experiment before its grim realities settled in.
- Kent Jones


  • The Golden Spur, Flanders International Film Festival, 2005
  • Prize for the Best Documentary film, 3rd Zagreb Film Festival, Zagreb, 2005
  • Prize for the Best Debut and Prize of the Guild of Cinema Critics, Kinotavr FF , Russia, 2005
  • Special Prize for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution and Prize for Best Debut Film, Cottbus IFF Germany, 2005
  • Best Film Award, Utopiales OF NANTES, International Science-Fiction Festival France, 2005
  • Prize "Stalker-Debut" to the best director, 11th International Film Festival 'Stalker', Moscow, 2005