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Despite the Falling Snow (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 15 April 2016 (UK)
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In Cold War Moscow, a female spy steals secrets from an idealistic politician - and falls in love with him.


Shamim Sarif


Shamim Sarif (written for the screen by)
12 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Rebecca Ferguson ... Katya / Lauren
Oliver Jackson-Cohen ... Misha
Charles Dance ... Old Alexander
Antje Traue ... Marina
Thure Lindhardt ... Dimtri
Anthony Head ... Old Misha
Sam Reid ... Alexander
Amy Nuttall ... Maya
Milos Timotijevic ... First Man
Ben Batt ... Oleg
Jelena Gavrilovic Jelena Gavrilovic ... Svetlana
Anne Kidd Anne Kidd ... Anna
Vuk Saletovic Vuk Saletovic ... Journalist
Tamara Krcunovic Tamara Krcunovic ... Receptionist
Nenad Herakovic Nenad Herakovic ... Man #1 (Drop Apartment)


In 1950s Moscow, communist Katya secretly spies for the Americans in the Cold War arms race. When she lands her biggest assignment, stealing secrets from rising government star Alexander, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with him. Reconciling her passion for him with her beliefs about communism means making the greatest sacrifice - of her life - a sacrifice that Alexander only uncovers thirty years later. Written by Enlightenment Productions

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 April 2016 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando cae la nieve See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgrade, Serbia See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The end credits song is "Now That You Love Me Again" by Ella Henderson which is currently, unfortunately unavailable to buy. See more »


At the party in the opening sequence the American flag hangs with the field in the upper right corner. Flag etiquette requires that it have the field in the upper left corner. This should be known by a government agency. See more »


Lauren: Sorry, are you going to interview me about my work, or my family?
Marina: Why not both? How about over dinner? Unless you have someone with you.
Lauren: No, I'm alone. I guess I haven't met the right woman yet.
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After a moment i didn't remember its name
24 February 2018 | by ernestiSee all my reviews

Despite the falling snow is a below average film in almost every aspect but its music is fantastic. It's unbelievable that such an uneven film was a result of obvious high production values. Not even a good musical score can save this film.

Its script just makes me wonder what they were thinking. Where did they get the funding for this. Well it appears that it was self-produced, self-written and self-directed. Whoa, what an effort. Sometimes this could work.

The biggest issue is that none of the characters are even remotely believable. Some might accept that soviets spoke perfect english in those times. Joking aside, it's such a shame that this could have been a lot better film because it only looks good from time to time.

I can recommend this to those who really enjoy spotting errors. There's plenty.

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