The two main characters, Maria and Vasin, discover they have access to an alternate reality in which they have a better life and a functioning relationship with one another.
In the first part of the film, subtitled "The Pilot," Maria finds that she is in love with Vasin, but it is too late - she rejected his marriage proposal 20 years ago when he was a lieutenant in the Russian Air Force. Vasin, who now works as a pilot, regrets that he didn't fulfill his ambition to become a film director.
In the second part, "A Film Director," we find Maria in a different reality; one in which she married Vasin, who has followed his dreams and has become a film director. The plot questions whether they are truly happy with each other.Konstantin Yushkevich as Vasin
Alexandra Kulikova as Maria
Alexander Pozhenskiy as Anton
It took Principal photography one month to complete the film, with 18 days of production. It took place in Moscow and was completed on 9 May 2013. The first screening took place at the RIA Novosti press-center on October 12, 2013. The film's age rating is 18+.
The official premiere took place in a 35mm cinema theater in Moscow on October 16, 2013. The premiere in St. Petersburg was on October 31, 2013. The film was available in theaters in 18 Russian cities via Cinema Park Cinema Theaters network and in "35mm," "Khudozhestvenniy," "Rodina," "Dom kino," and "Slava” cinema theaters until November 28, 2013. On the 45th week of 2013, the film was #2 on the Russian box office chart in a limited release category.
The film opened the fourth Drugoe Kino film festival. On November 7, 2013, the film was shown at the 10th International Charitable Film Festival, "Luch Angela” (Moscow). The film was selected to be shown at the XXIInd St. Petersburg International Film Festival "Festival Festivaley", which was held on June 23–29, 2014. Also, the film was included into the competitive program of Arthouse Film Festival "Kinolikbez"-V, which took place in Barnaul from May 14 to 17, 2014.
The film was accepted to the 14th International TV and Movies Forum competition "Vmeste," held on August 22–28, 2014 in Yalta. The film was included in the programme of the sixth Strana national award ceremony, which took place from 17–19 March 2015, during the "Moscow Teleshow" content market.
The film was released via video on demand online services on December 3, 2013. Since January 1, 2014, it has been available online free of charge.
It was the first feature film in the Russian Internet segment available in 4K resolution.
The television premiere was on August 16, 2014, on the NTV Plus channel Our New Films. Since then, the film has been shown on the channel from time to time. From October 18, 2014, the film was broadcast on TV1000 Russkoe Kino; from October 26, 2014 on Tricolor TV channel Nashe HD; from February 7, 2015 - on the Mir channel.
The film has gotten considerable positive feedback.