«Atomic Ivan»


This is a new version of the eternal love story of two so similar and yet so different young people. This is the first time a romantic and tender story unfolds within a real nuclear power plant. Never before have filmmakers been at the heart of the nuclear industry! What happened? A bold, theatrical, ATOMIC cinema experiment!

Atomic Ivan
Release Date March 29,
Genre Romantic Comedy
Running time 91 minutes
Production Telesto production company
Screenplay Maxim Kurochkin
Director Vasiliy Barhatov
Director of Photography Ruslan Gerasimenkov
Art Director Victor Nikonenko
Composer Sergey Shnurov
Producers Elena Glikman,
Yaroslav Zhivov,
Sergey Novikov
Starring Julia Snigir,
Grigory Dobrygin,
Ekaterina Vasilyeva,
Evgeniya Dmitrieva,
Alexey Gorbunov,
Denis Sukhanov and others. 

Vanya and Tanya are a couple: Tanya is into her scientific career, Vanya isn’t into anything but Tanya. Then, Tanya decides to end the relationship — she cannot perceive the light-minded Vanya as a reliable life partner. The appearance of another character, the Muscovite director Arkady, combined with certain unexpected events which occur in the «atomic» town, puts everything in its place: the heroes manage to find both their true calling, and their true love.

Photos from the premiere

Set photos



Vasiliy Barhatov, Director

As a rule, the nuclear industry is associated with Chernobyl, disaster, horrors and nightmares. But many years have gone by since the disaster, and the whole world has accepted the idea that while the future of this planet lies behind the nuclear industry, we know practically nothing about it. One of my aims was to change this negative perception of the ‘nuclear' subject by overriding it with a simple, ironic, warm, human story about love and the peaceful atom. Even today many believe that nuclear scientists are obsessive suicides, busy bare-handedly shoving their pockets full of plutonium. And I wanted to present people who work on nuclear power plants as interesting individuals with their own perception of the surrounding world, their own personal problems and their own internal concept of happiness.

Elena Glikman, Producer

This story combines two realities, two worlds: science and theatre, nuclear power and the director’s search, a symbiosis of creativity as such. And it serves as the backdrop for the relationship of the main characters. The film is about love, about searching for it, about growing up, about victory and the triumph of love and life.

Yaroslav Zhivov, Producer

Atomic Ivan is a new interpretation of the 1960's popular theme of physicists and lyricists. The story unfolds at a modern nuclear power station, and the main heroes are nuclear physicists — future-oriented people of science obsessed with their ideas, experiencing all the human emotions such as grief, joy and love. Today, Russian movies generally portray a joyless life; we wanted to create a deep movie, albeit a much lighter, brighter, more eccentric one full of humour. Atomic Ivan encourages the viewer to take a fresh look at the nuclear industry and understand that modern physics are living creative people, ones building a new and globally beautiful world.

Sergey Novikov, Producer

In the 65 years of nuclear history, this is the first time a feature film was shot at a real nuclear power plant. The viewer will be able to see everything, and I think this is an additional reason to go watch the movie. The story itself is about love, and the main thing in it is human relationships. The director and scriptwriter carried out the heavily self-critical Soviet juxtaposition of physicists and lyricists. In this case, the young nuclear scientists appear as purposeful self-improving individuals, while the representatives of the creative class appear in a rather poor morale state. Some will just laugh, but others may consider the impact that small town routine has upon the creative intelligentsia. I hope that many of viewers will be able to relate to the story and project their own personal experience on to it and find similarities, and potentially maybe even answers to questions, which would be better. And if this does indeed happen, the authors may consider the film’s grand purpose achieved.

Film on festivals


International Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro
Yellow Oscar award


International Debut Film Festival Spirit of Fire
Paul Lebeshev Best Cinematography Award to Ruslan Gerasimenkov

Open Russian Comedy Film Festival ‘Smile, Russia!’
Prize in the nomination ‘For your smile’

St Anna Open festival of student and debut films

International Festival ‘Summer Film School in Uherske Hradiste’

All-Russia Film Festival of Actors – Directors ‘The Golden Phoenix’

Moscow Open Festival of Youth Cinema ‘Reflection'

St. Petersburg Charity Film Festival ‘Children’s KinoMay’