A worker at a Russian nuclear facility gets exposed to a lethal dose of radiation. In order to provide for his family, he steals some plutonium and sets out to sell it on Moscow’s black market with the help of an incompetent criminal.
The film was shown twice at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival under the title The Half Life of Timofey Berezin, before being distributed by HBO Films under its original working title.
Timofey Berezin (Paddy Considine) works at a former top-secret, badly run and aged nuclear reprocessing facility plant in Skotoprigonyevsk-16, a former closed city and anaukograd. At the film’s outset, he is exposed to radioactive contamination while selflessly trying to stop a criticalitymalfunction.
Before Timofey’s adoring wife, Marina (Radha Mitchell), is fully aware of his fate, he leaves for Moscow, on a mission to secure a better future for her and their young son. He hooks up with a small-time gangster, Shiv (Oscar Isaac), in hopes of finding a buyer for a selfmade canister of a little over 100 grams of weapons-grade plutonium salt he has stolen.
Eddie – 2008, Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Non-Commercial
Excellence in Production Design Award – 2008, Television Movie or Mini-Series
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Pu-239 / The Half-Life of Timofey Berezin
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PU-239 at the Internet Movie Database
The Half Life of Timofey Berezin at the TIFF 2006 archival site.”
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