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The Last Station is a German biographical film about Leo Tolstoy, based on a 1990 biographical novel of the same name by Jay Parini. It stars Christopher Plummer as Tolstoy and Dame Helen Mirren as his wife Sofya.
It premiered at the 2009 Telluride Film Festival.
Sony Pictures Classics acquired distribution rights and released the film an awards-qualifying limited run on December 23, 2009, with a wider release in January 15, 2010.
It is also scheduled to be released in Germany on January 28, 2010.
The film explores the turbulent final year in the life of the Russian writer and philosopher and his troubled marriage.
Filming took place in Saxony-Anhalt as well as the German states of Brandenburg (Studio Babelsberg) and Thuringia, the city of Leipzig and at historical locations in Russia. An interesting mistake occured to the filmmakers when changing a small railway station in eastern Germany into the one of Astapovo, the "last station" of the film title where Tolstoi died: The Russian signs on the walls follow new Russian orthography, which was introduced only in 1918 (e.g. выход [vychod] 'exit' instead of выходъ [vychod’’]).
Helen Mirren won the Best Actress award at the 2009 Rome International Film Festival for her performance.. Mirren is also nominated for Best Actress - Drama at the 67th Golden Globe Awards as is Christopher Plummer for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. On December 17th it was also announced that Mirren and Plummer had both received nominations for their performances from the Screen Actors Guild. They have been nominated for Oscars for their roles respectfully
The film currently holds a 68% 'Fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 25 reviews.
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