Dead Man's Letters

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Dead Man's Letters
Письма мёртвого человека
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Film poster
Directed byKonstantin Lopushansky
Written byKonstantin Lopushansky
Vyacheslav Rybakov
Boris Strugatsky
StarringRolan Bykov
Vatslav Dvorzhetsky
Distributed byLenfilm
Release date
  • 16 September 1987 (1987-09-16) (Toronto Film Festival)
Running time
88 minutes
CountrySoviet Union

Dead Man's Letters (Russian: Письма мёртвого человека, translit. Pis'ma myortvogo cheloveka), also known as Letters from a Dead Man, is a 1986 Soviet science fiction film, feature film directorial debut by Konstantin Lopushansky.

It was screened at the International Critics' Week section of the Cannes Film Festival in 1987.[1]

The film received the FIPRESCI prize at the 35th International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg.[2]


The plot is set in a town after a nuclear war, which was caused by a computer error and the failure of the operator to prevent the missile launch — he noticed the mistake, but choked on coffee and was not able to shout respective commands in time. The town is destroyed and polluted with radioactive elements. Police curfew is established in the immediate vicinity and only healthy people are selected for admittance to the underground bunkers. The main character, played by Rolan Bykov, is a Nobel Prize in Physics laureate, who tries to survive and helps a small group of children and adults survive by staying with them in the basement of the former museum of history. He survives by writing letters in his mind to his son Eric, though it is obvious that they will never be read. The main character is very disappointed that science has led to such a disaster. Many die from the radiation. He escapes the safe bunker, returning to the dying abandoned children, taking care of them for some time and giving them hope. Eventually he dies as well. The film ends with children wandering through the uninhabited landscape, their future uncertain.


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  1. ^ "26e SELECTION DE LA SEMAINE DE LA CRITIQUE - 1987". International Critics' Week.
  2. ^ "35th International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg, Germany (October 6 - October 11, 1986)". International Critics' Week.

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