One Night in Winter

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May 22, 2014

One Night in Win­ter is the heart-break­ing sto­ry of two for­bid­den and dead­ly love affairs set in the cor­ri­dors of Moscow’s most elite school in l945. As Rus­sia cel­e­brates vic­to­ry over the Nazis, shots ring out in a fes­tive Moscow: two school­child­ren in l9th cen­tu­ry cos­tumes, a boy and a girl, lie dead. They are the chil­dren of Sovi­et lead­ers, pupils of the city’s grand­est school. Is it a mur­der? A sui­cide pact? A love tri­an­gle? A con­spir­a­cy against Stal­in him­self, or one of his own mer­ci­less intrigues?

Stal­in orders the arrest of chil­dren aged from sev­en to eigh­teen, but this ter­ri­fy­ing inves­ti­ga­tion, the Chil­dren’s Case, rips fam­i­lies apart as the chil­dren are turned against their par­ents it is every par­en­t’s night­mare. Then it unveils two secret love affairs: one amongst the school­child­ren, one amongst the grownups, both poten­tial­ly fatal. In an unfor­get­table and utter­ly com­pelling sto­ry about love, mar­riage, adul­tery and fam­i­ly, the char­ac­ters learn that the great­est gift of child­hood is the free­dom to live in the present. Ulti­mate­ly, in mat­ters of the heart, it is not whom you love but who loves you. Based on a true sto­ry, this is a pas­sion­ate and sweep­ing epic about the many faces of love.

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