Despite the Falling Snow

Synopsis: In 1950s Moscow, communist Katya secretly spies for the Americans in the Cold War arms race. When she lands her biggest assignment, stealing secrets from rising government star Alexander, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with him. Reconciling her passion for him with her beliefs about communism means making the greatest sacrifice - of her life - a sacrifice that Alexander only uncovers thirty years later.
Director(s): Shamim Sarif
Production: Enlightenment Productions
  12 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

- So nice to see you.

- Nice to see you.

Alexander, they're all downstairs by now.

Katya always does this.

Of course she does.

I need to use the bathroom.

I'll meet you downstairs.

Directive 12.


No member of the Soviet delegation

may be left alone in American soil.

Well can I shut the door?

- Hopefully we see each other in two years in Moscow.

- Yup, alright.

There you are.

What a moment for us, Sasha.

I'm proud of you.

Oh you too, Oleg.

I'd like to extend our heartfelt welcome

to our Soviet guests.

What I see here tonight leads

me to feel great hope

for the future.

To peace and warmth between our great nations.

To peace!

To peace!

Alexander Ivanov.

Department of Foreign Affairs.

Jackie Haven.

State department.

I can make coffee too.

- Oh, I am so sorry.

- Go and change.

I cannot believe I did that.

I have instructions.

After the first course,

get to the kitchen, end of the main corridor.

Take a breath.

This is what you wanted.

There's no deal without my wife.

Just keep your head.

It's so lovely to meet you.

Oh she's not as pretty as Katya.

- Champagne?

- Nobody is.



I love you, Katyusha.

I love you, Sasha.

Always remember it.

Toilet, comrade?

On your left.

Thank you.

Sasha, wait for me.

- No!

- Get in the car.


It's over.

You're free.

What about Katya?

- Katya, my wife.

- We've lost contact with her.

No, I've to go back

- Stop the car! I have to go back.

- Alexander!

Stop the car!

You can never go back.

It's hard to imagine that the

Soviet Union no longer exists.

The Soviet Union that we all fear

throughout the cold war,

country where Soviets themselves

suffered under brutal communist regimes.

Now, in the wake of Glasnost,

there's a spirit of openness and

excitement on the streets of Moscow.

Travel to Russia has become easier for tour...

This our latest product launch.

- Approved.

- Good?

No, no, no.

It'd be good if you came into the

office once in a while.

I did build this company for you, you know that.

And your exhibition? You ready?

You look like you did when you're about 15 and

lying to me about a party you're going to.

Well I'm not 15 anymore.

Uncle Alex...

I've decided to go to Moscow.

I have worked my whole life for an

exhibition this big.

Russia is not safe.

Yeah, for you maybe

but communism is over.

- I won't allow it, Lauren.

- You won't allow it?

My whole family comes from there.

You come from there.

My father comes from there

my aunt Katya comes from there.

- I want to know what happened?

- What happened is that we all left.

Except Katya.

When your mother and father died

and you are very small,

I had to look forward.

Forward, Lauren, not back.

- The past is dead.

- Yes sure, but you kept on thinking about it.

You think about it all the time,

you pretend not to think about it.

Yeah, I think about my work and I

also think about you.

Everytime you look at me you see Katya,

what happened to her?

I don't know what happened to her.

Don't you understand, I don't know.

Now, can we have dinner?

I'm not hungry.

- Thank you.

- Good evening sir.

Sorry I'm late, Misha.

- You're busy running the country?

- I try my best.

Slam it harder.

There we go.

Everything in the Soviet Union responds better

to brute force.

Sasha, this isn't a Kremlin boardroom.

I'll get you a drink.

I think he's fine.

Can I get you a drink?


Two glasses?

Don't you even think about it.

You like her?

She's not going to be the perfect

Kremlin wife for you, my friend.

Her parents were dissidents.

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Shamim Sarif

Shamim Sarif (born 24 September 1969) is a British novelist and filmmaker of South Asian and South African heritage. more…

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