Tom Prior & Oleg Zagorodnii in Firebird (2021)
Firebird (2021) Film Collaborative

ACMI & MQFF present


Peeter Rebane | UK, Estonia | 2021 | Unclassified (15+)

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Sat 20 Nov 2021

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Filmed against a stunning Estonian landscape, Peeter Rebane's visually poetic love story offers a rare account of homosexual life and love within the Russian military complex.

Handsomely crafted and cast, [Firebird] should find a welcome at LGBT Festivals and among audiences drawn to old fashioned, full blown romantic epics.

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It’s 1977 in Soviet-occupied Estonia where Sergey (Tom Prior), a young soldier and keen theatre enthusiast, spends his days dreaming of life beyond the military barracks. That is, until fighter pilot Roman (Oleg Zagorodnii) transfers to his base, sparking a passionate love affair composed of intense romantic moments which must be savoured and kept hidden. Set in the Cold War, Sergey and Roman are not only at risk of losing their lives but also fear severe criminal punishment for their liaison. Their relationship becomes even more perilous when a KGB agent receives an anonymous tip.

A beautiful, affective and visually poetic love story, with stunning shots of the Estonian landscape, Firebird offers a rich depiction of 1970s fashion and décor. Directed, co-written and produced by Estonian Peeter Rebane, the film about much more than just beautiful men in uniform. Based on Sergey Fetisov’s memoir The Story of Roman, it offers a rare account homosexual life and love within the Russian military complex.

Format: DCP
Courtesy: Film Collaborative
Runtime: 107 mins

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107 mins


Unclassified (15+)


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