Envelope (film)

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Directed byAleksey Nuzhny
Written byAleksey Nuzhny
StarringKevin Spacey
Alanna Ubach
David Meunier
Anthony Skordi
Cody Caira
Mike Dirksen
Release date
  • May 2, 2012 (2012-05-02) (USA)

Envelope is a 2012 American short film directed by Aleksy Nuzhny and stars Kevin Spacey. It is inspired by true events of Soviet publicist and writer Yevgeny Petrov.[1][2]


Evgeniy Petrov, the Soviet Union writer and journalist has an unusual hobby: since the age of six, he writes fake letters to other countries. Every time, he chooses different fake names for his addresses. The envelopes come back, but beautified with colorful foreign stamps and postmarks. Throughout his lifetime, he accumulates letters from many countries worldwide, leaving only New Zealand before his collection is complete.

One day, to his shock, the envelope from New Zealand does not return, but instead a reply arrives from his made-up friend (who was not supposed to exist), even containing a photo of them, and stating that they actually spent 3 days together. Those were the days Evgeniy thought he spent in coma in a hospital. Immediately afterwards, KGB arrests Evgeniy, suspecting his seemingly harmless letters to be a secret correspondence.

Evgeniy is then sent to Moscow for interrogation, boarding an airplane. Before the plane lifts off, Evgeniy's wife receives the second letter from New Zealand. This reply mentions that during those 3 days, Evgeniy claimed that it was safe for him to swim, as he was destined to die on an airplane. This then happens in real life as the plane crashes.


Cast Role
Kevin Spacey Evgeniy Petrov
Alanna Ubach Tanya
Anthony Skordi Pavel
David Meunier Lieutenant
Cody Caira Lieutenant's Assistant
Mike Dirksen Lieutenant's Assistant


  1. ^ Spacey Stars in Young Russian Director's Film Archived 2015-08-31 at the Wayback Machine Interview with Kevin Spacey on Daily Motion, Powered by NewsLook.com, Producer: Russia Today. May 29, 2012
  2. ^ "Вам «Конверт» от Кевина Спейси". ФильмПРО. Archived from the original on 19 August 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2018.

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