A Veteran`s Destiny | © Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg / Tobias Frei

A Veteran's Destiny

  • 9. Mai (Working title)
Short Film | 2015-2016 | Tragicomedy | Germany, Israel

Shooting data

Number of shooting days8
LocationsAshdod, Holon, Kibbutz Hulda

Project data

Length of movie30'
Picture formatCinemascope (1 : 2,39)

    Brief synopsis

    Grisha’s (83) status in Or Akiva’s old age home is unshakable. He is the chairman of the hostel’s strongest club — the WWII veterans. In the cynical Soviet culture, the Great Victory has always been the only national pride, and the veterans — true heroes. This year, due to Grisha’s efforts, Or Akiva will have its own parade for the Victory day — ninth of May, and the Russian channel will even send a filming crew. Grisha spends all his time preparing for his life’s last big show — leading the parade.

    A week before the awaited date, the hostel is visited by Lev, another war veteran — a man with bandit manners, who seems to recognize our hero from “the former life”. He turns up in Grisha’s room, demanding to return what belongs to him, or else the entire hostel will learn about Grisha’s secret…

    Turns out, that during the war Grisha’s mother bought his way out, and he didn’t serve for a single day, a fact that was a mark of shame for his entire life. Before immigrating to Israel, Grisha decided to fix that fact in his biography. He got all the necessary documents, stating he’s a veteran, and even bought a medal of honor from the drunken Lev, for not much more than a bottle of vodka.

    Grisha, who spent all his life getting along, working things out one way or another, wants to buy his way out of this mess. But Lev doesn’t want his money. All he wants is to re-receive his medal and his lost honor, before retiring to the next world.

    If Grisha wants to lead the parade, wearing his decorated jacket, he will have to find some way to buy Lev, or get rid of him in any other way.


    ActorRole nameVoice actor / Speaker
    Boris AhanovGrisha [L]
    Valentin MashkovichLev [L]
    Eran Ben ZeevSasson [SR]
    Valery DanovichVladimir [SR]
    Svetlana NorbaevaRaya [SR]
    Liza StaroselskyJulia [SR]
    Yulia TagilJournalistin [SR]
    Polina VasilyevaLarissa [SR]


    director of photographyFalko Lachmund
    steadicam operatorNir Bar
    1st assistant cameraGuy Hodes
    1st assistant cameraNitzan Rozen
    costume designerElena Blaunshtein
    assistant costume designerPhilip Blau
    directorTatjana Moutchnik
    1st assistant directorOmer Ben David
    script supervisorDina Zilberg
    editorJulia Kovalenko
    assistant editorMoritz Poth
    gafferFabian Gamper
    electricianLucas Aimó
    electricianRaanan Berger
    electricianDmitry Shapiro
    electricianPrague Benbenitsy
    electricianMoti Angel
    makeup artist / hair stylistRevital Cohen
    freelance producerAnna Sokolov
    freelance producerTobias Hollmann
    production designerOri Szternfeld
    assistant production designerEinat Gaulan
    assistant production designerTal Inbar
    assistant production designerRenata Nazaraliyeva
    assistant production designerAleeza Chanowitz
    assistant production designerKobi Vogman
    assistant production designerMaya Yavin
    assistant production managerAgnia Galesnik
    assistant production managerDenise Neustadt
    assistant production managerPhilipp Monjoie
    set runnerNatasha Olshansky
    production driverAndreas Redemann
    production driverAvietar Munz
    screenwriterAgnia Galesnik
    production sound mixerFrank Schubert [1]
    boom operatorDenis Khramovnikov
    boom operatorZohar Cheepa
    boom operatorDaria Cavlina
    sound re-recording mixerFrank Schubert [1]
    sound designerFrank Schubert [1]
    coloristRafael Starman


    Transportation, Travel and AccomodationBudget Autovermietung
    Transportation, Travel and AccomodationGermania Fluggesellschaft mbH
    Transportation, Travel and AccomodationScuba-Reisen GmbH


    Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
    Tatjana Moutchnik2017Max-Ophüls-PreisKurzfilmNominated