The Russian Woodpecker

Synopsis & Film Details

Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, this debut feature from director Chad Gracia contains equal parts Cold War thriller and hypnotic comedy — and it’s sure to bring out the conspiracy theorist in everyone. Ukrainian artist Fedor Alexandrovich was a young boy when the Chernobyl nuclear plant exploded in 1986, spreading radioactive residue throughout northern Europe. Near Chernobyl, Fedor researches a secret Soviet broadcasting antenna, which transmitted an odd clicking noise across global airwaves for years. An obsessed Fedor interviews Soviet officials and scientists about its purpose and soon develops a dark theory of the antenna’s part in the nuclear disaster. In Russian and English, with English subtitles.

Director: Chad Gracia
Ukraine / UK / USA (2015)
80 minutes, Not Rated
Distributor: Film Buff