The Man Who Saved the World

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This is the article for the 2014 documentary film. For the 1982 Turkish action film, see Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam.
The Man Who Saved the World
The Man Who Saved the World poster.jpg
Cinema poster
Directed by Peter Anthony
Produced by Jakob Staberg
Written by Peter Anthony
Starring Stanislav Petrov
Sergey Shnyryov
Music by Kristian Eidnes Andersen
Cinematography Kim Hattesen
Anders Löfstedt
Edited by Morten Højbjerg
Release date
Country Denmark
Language English and Russian

The Man Who Saved the World is a 2014 feature-length Danish documentary film by film maker Peter Anthony about Stanislav Petrov, a former lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defence Forces and his role in preventing the 1983 Soviet nuclear false alarm incident from leading to nuclear holocaust.

The film premiered in October 2014 at the Woodstock Film Festival in Woodstock, New York, winning; "Honorable Mention: Audience Award Winner for Best Narrative Feature" and "Honorable Mention: James Lyons Award for Best Editing of a Narrative Feature."[1]

Synopsis[edit]

On 26 September 1983, the computers in the Serpukhov-15 bunker outside Moscow, which housed the command centre of the Soviet early warning satellite system, twice reported that American intercontinental ballistic missiles were heading toward the Soviet Union. Stanislav Petrov, who was duty officer that night, suspected that the system was malfunctioning and managed to convince his superiors of the same thing. He argued that if the Americans were going to attack pre-emptively they would do so with more than just five missiles, and that it was best to wait for ground radar confirmation before launching a counter-attack.

Production notes[edit]

In the film, footage of Petrov today is intertwined with re-enactments of the dramatic moments in 1983. Sergey Shnyryov plays Petrov in the re-enactments.

Peter Anthony made the film over a decade; the process was difficult because of Petrov's reluctance to open up. Anthony said: “He is quite difficult to work with, as in his day, you could still go to the gulag for disclosing unauthorised information, and as an ex-soldier, he wasn’t really interested in discussing his personal feelings. That though, is the beauty of the story.”[2]

Awards[edit]

2013

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

  • Nominated, Best International Documentary

2014

CPH:DOX

  • Nominated, Politiken's Audience Award
  • Nominated, Nordic Dox Award

Woodstock Film Festival

  • Won, Honorable Mention: Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
  • Won, Honorable Mention: James Lyons Award for Best Editing of a Narrative Feature
  • Nominated, Jury Prize: Best Narrative Feature

2015

Nordisk Panorama

  • Nominated, Nordic Documentary Film Award

Sunscreen Film Festival, US

  • Won, Festival Prize: Best Feature Film

2016

Robert Festival / Danish Film Academy Award

  • Won, Robert: Best Documentary (Årets dokumentarfilm)
  • Nominated, Robert: Best Original Score (Årets score)
  • Nominated, Audience Award

Bodil Awards / Danish Film Critics Award

  • Won, Bodil: Best Documentary (Bedste dokumentarfilm)

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