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Run Time: 107 minutes
As a private on a Soviet Air Force base during the Cold War, Sergey is counting the days until his service is up. While there’s an unspoken assumption that he and fellow comrade Luisa are in love, both have instead taken an interest in Roman, the base’s newest commander. While Luisa and Roman’s affections are conveniently public, Sergey and Roman’s forbidden romance must be kept secret to avoid the harsh punishment of such love: five years in a hard labor camp with no return to the service. As growing suspicions circulate of their love affair, Roman abruptly ends their relationship, leaving Sergey heartbroken as he heads off to drama school in Moscow to start his post-military life. And yet their love refuses to be stifled. With dreams of spending their life together, it may be an impossible feat with Roman’s desire to maintain his reputation as a well-respected pilot. Based on the unbelievable true story of Sergey Fetisov, FIREBIRD reveals a heart-wrenching love triangle of passion, anguish, and dangerous vulnerability. —A.B.
Friday, April 08, 2022 at 11:50 AM
Saturday, April 09, 2022 at 2:20 PM
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No
46th CIFF College Program