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Passion and politics become strange bedfellows in this romantic drama from Polish filmmaker Waldemar Krzystek. In the mid-1960's, Legnica was a city in Southwest Poland that was home to Soviet troops stationed in the country. The relationship between the Russian military and Polish civilians was often difficult; Soviet troops were not allowed to fraternize with Poles or even enter their homes, but living in close proximity with one another, it was almost inevitable that friendships and even romance would grow between them. Michal (Leslaw Zurek), was a Polish military officer who worked side-by side with the Russians, and Vera (Svetlana Khodchenkova) was the lovely wife of Yuri (Dmitrij Ulianov), a Soviet pilot who was one of Michal's colleagues. A mutual attraction led to a forbidden love affair between Michal and Vera, and three decades later, Yuri is still trying to determine if he or Michal is the true father of his daughter (also played by Khodchenkova). Mala Moskwa (aka Little Moscow) was honored as Best Picture at Poland's 2008 Gdynia Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi