The Cosmonaut

Synopsis: Stas, the cosmonaut, gets lost in space. When he comes back he finds Earth completely empty of human life. Yulia and Andrei wait for him on the other side of a collapsing world. How far would you go for love?
93 min

THE COSMONAU We had installed an antenna

on our roof in Turin

Our house

was located on a strategic path

that enabled us to listen

to radio messages from the USSR

My brother and I used to listen

to the launching of each rocket.

Yes, Sputnik 1...

with its...

The heartbeat of Laika,

the little dog...

Gagarin's first words...

"I don't see any God up here... "

John Glenn...

We spent whole nights awake

in front of our receivers.

One day...

German astronomy radio observatories

locked on some strange noises

in frequencies

normally used by the Soviets.

We hurried to listen.

It was a Morse code signal.

But the signal,

rather than orbiting the Earth

was at a fixed point,

sounding lower every time.

It was a spaceship

moving away from Earth.

We fine-tuned the signal

and the beeps became...

a sound.

Thanks to my father,

who was a doctor,

we discovered it was a heartbeat.

A human one.

Soon after that, the USSR announced

that a spaceship had vanished

in the edge of our atmosphere.

An unmanned craft.


They concealed everything.

From then on

it was all crazy.

In a disused German bunker

we built the world's most famous

amateur radio station.

Torre Bert.

They were amazing times.

Packed with emotion.

The world's two superpowers

that could have destroyed everything


were, at the same time


to conquer space,

to be the first out there.

To go further.

Back then, there was

a true love for space...

At the beginning,

the Russians won everything.

The first satellite,

the first animal in space,

the first man,

the first woman,

the first space walk...

While the Americans suffered

one explosion after another,

amassed one failure after another.


when the Americans reached the Moon...

It was all over.

There was nothing left to explore.

Nothing to win.

Interest in space faded.

And the USSR...


Despite winning everything else...

they lost because they never managed

to reach the Moon.

The Moon was a long awaited dream,

it was everything.

And they let it slip away...

APRIL 18th, 1975

So here I am,

I hope this is working right,

if it isn't it must be broken,

which is your fault, Andrei, thank you.

I've decided to record as much as

I possibly can for a post-flight analysis.

As you know, something must have damaged

the Kolibri's communications antenna.

as all attempts to contact you guys

have proven futile.

I'm currently

on my third orbit of the Moon.

There she is, out there.

Isn't she beautiful?

It's hard to sum up how staggering it is

without sounding clichd or corny.

So, here I am...

Quarter of a million kilometers

away from home, all alone,

and the sense of isolation is...

Well, it's pretty overwhelming.

The good news is

I made this piece of shit work.

It wasn't poetry in motion or textbook,

but it did take off from the Moon.

So here I am...

In deep space...

Solar panels are history...

and unless I can find a gas station

on the way back

I'm pretty fucked.



The Kolibri module is coming back.

Yes... Yes...


The Kolibri is reentering

the atmosphere.

He's coming back.

I know it's been a long time

and I know it's impossible.

Do you think it's a coincidence

that he's coming to Earth?

Come on.

It's gonna land in less than an hour.

AGS seems burnt and out of function.

I see 3.0 in register 1.

Previous reading: 2.9.

Spacecraft entered a ballistic orbit

during reentry, sir.

Accelerations up to 21Gs are expected.

Rescue team's ready.

- Ready.

Recalculate the route. Do we have a range?

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