DAU

By Ilya KHRZHANOVSKY

PHENOMEN FILMS - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2007


    • Year of production
    • 2007
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • RUSSIA, UKRAINE, GERMANY, UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • RUSSIAN
    • Budget
    • 3 - 5 M$
    • Duration
    • 110 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ilya KHRZHANOVSKY
    • Producer(s)
    • Artem VASSILIEV, Philippe BOBER, Susanne MARIAN
    • Synopsis
    • Based on the book by Kora Drobantseva-Landau
      “Academician Landau: what our life was like”
      The plot is based on the life of the great Russian physicist of the 20th century, winner of the Nobel Prize, Lev Landau (1908-1968). Landau – or Dau, which is what his friends called him – at the age of 20-something, became already a world-famous theoretical physicist. In the 1930’s, Landau studied and worked in Denmark, Germany and Great Britain; he had the opportunity to stay in Europe, but he chose to come back to the USSR.
      A staunch believer in Marxism, Landau openly criticized the Stalin regime, for which at age 32 he was sent to prison. A year later, having been freed owing to the efforts of another Nobel Prize winner, Peter Kapitsa, he started working on secret projects of a new weapon.
      Landau didn’t believe in God, and for his birthday people gave him icons, where the face of a saint was replaced with his own face, and the quotes from the Holy Writ were replaced with physical formulas.
      Impossible, incomprehensible, misunderstood, weird (his childhood nickname was “on the contrary boy”), ingenious, unpredictable, ever childish; a physicist that discovers one type of laws and doesn’t want to submit to the others.
      He was a virgin until the age of 26 – even though he was a world-renown scientist The first woman – Kora – was the most beautiful woman of Kharkov. Before he married her, he made her sign a statement of freedom in marriage. And for many years Kora had to make the bed for her husband’s sexual games with others, spend the evenings by the window, watching the shadows on the treetops during his love rendezvous with others…
      The life of Academician Landau: two passions - physics and women…
      A passionate film about a passionate man.
      The film is based on real facts, events, and memoirs.
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