'Firebird' - the Queer movie set in the Soviet Airforce
Rarely are queer movies set in such a dramatic and action packed period in history. Estonian director Peeter Rebane breaks the norm and releases the first sneak peak of the love story set in Soviet Russia.
The Cold War is the back drop to an eventful and true relationship:
Firebird is a touching love story set in the Soviet Air Force during the Cold War. Sergey, a troubled young private, is counting the days till his military service ends. His life is turned upside down when a daring fighter pilot, Roman arrives at the base. Driven by curiosity, Sergey and Roman navigate the precarious line between love and friendship as a dangerous love triangle forms between them and Luisa, the secretary to the base Commander. Sergey is forced to face his past as Roman's career is endangered and Luisa struggles to keep her family together. As the walls close in, they risk their freedom and their lives in the face of an escalating KGB investigation and the fear of the all-seeing Soviet regime. Based on a true story.
News of 'Firebird' exploded onto Twitter, and within hours started gathering momentum. A cult following is almost inevitable.
Breakout actor Tom Prior, who recently starred in 'A Theory of Everything' is cast alongside Ukrainian actor Oleg Zagordnii- currently based in Moscow.
Movies like 'Firebird' don't come around very often. Its refreshing to see a true queer love story from Russia, told well.
Queer love has always existed in Russia, and 'Firebird' will be another shining example this.