Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
Playing off the themes of the famous Battleship Potemkin and Ninotchka, this merry farce starts out with a Russian sailor Dimitri (Tom Doukoupil) skipping ship in the port of Hamburg to go look for his brother who settled in Hamburg long ago, and has not been in touch with Dimitri for four years. Although the ship is not the Potemkin, it conjures up the idea of the military (the sailor) rebelling against orders when the cause is humane and underscores the sailor's "Russian" identity. When Dimitri slips away from his companions in an American Burger King restaurant, the chase begins. The Soviet KGB are after Dimitri, and the German Secret Police are after the KGB and Dimitri to try to find out what is going on. This intrigue recalls some of the spoofing of Russian communists and the cloak-and-dagger doings in Ninotchka. Tscherwonez won the UNIFILM (Saarbruecken University Students) prize at the 1983 Saarbruecken Film Festival.
AWOL (Absent Without Leave), brother, military, rebel, sailor, search