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Astor Piazzolla Award for the Best Feature Length Film - «Mes chers espions» by Vladimir Léon

Astor Piazzolla Award for the Best Feature Length Film - «Mes chers espions» by Vladimir Léon

Vladimir Léon walks to the subway in order to go and see his brother Pierre. In his hand he carries a briefcase of considerable size. Vladimir knows that inside it are all kinds of documents that belonged to their mother, who passed away two years ago, but has still not built up the courage to open it. Cut to ten years before, where we see an interview between filmmaker Louise Narboni and Svetlana, Vladimir and Pierre’s mom. Svetlana was born in Paris, but in 1948, when she was 14, her family was deported from France for allegedly being spies. Back in present day, and after having found a suspicious letter in the aforementioned briefcase, Vladimir and Pierre set out for Russia—the place where they were born—in order to try to puzzle out their family history and crack the mystery. Léon makes us part of this search in an always warm, welcoming manner, introduces us to a gallery of endearing characters and gives us some sort of irresistibly charming political thriller.