L’affaire ‘Farewell’ (Farewell)

Poster for L’affaire ‘Farewell’ (Farewell)

Winter 2011 Features series

Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 4:00pm
Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 7:00pm

Acadia Cinema's Al Whittle Theatre
450 Main Street, Wolfville, NS

Directed by Christian Carion

Screenplay by Christian Carion, Eric Raynaud

Based on the book by Serguei Kostine

Starring Guillaume Canet, Emir Kusturica, Fred Ward, Willem Dafoe

Rated PG · 1h 53m
French, English, Russian

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L’affaire ‘Farewell’ (Farewell)

In 1981, Colonel Grigoriev of the KGB (Emir Kusturica), disenchanted with what the Communist ideal has become under Leonid Brezhnev, decides he is going to change the world. Discreetly, he makes contact with a French engineer (Guillaume Canet) working in Moscow and little by little passes on documents to him containing information which would constitute the most important Cold War espionage operation known to date.

During a period of two years, French President, François Mitterrand, was to personally vet the documents supplied by this source in Moscow, to whom the French Secret Service gave the codename ‘Farewell’. Master of the White House, Ronald Reagan, set aside his reluctance to work with a French Socialist to put this unhoped-for information from the very heart of the KGB to use.

‘Farewell’ would in fact decapitate the network which enabled the KGB to gain in-depth knowledge of scientific, industrial and military research in the West.

Christian Caron directs an outstanding international cast (including Canet, Kusturica, Fred Ward, and Willem Dafoe) in this Cold War thriller where the spies help put an end to a world dominated by two opposing powers.