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>> A film about a soviet era sporting victory over the US, has become Russia's highest grossing domestic film of all time. Three seconds, tells the story of an unexpected 1972 Olympic victory of the underdog Soviet basketball team over clear favorites, the United States. The Soviet team won by a point, after a controversial decision to replay the last three seconds of the game.
The film has taken around $39 million of the box office, and being seen by over 9 million people. Among them, Reuters Andrew Osborn, in Moscow.>> I've watched his film in a Moscow cinema. People, they love it, they're very moved by it. People were breaking out in spontaneous applause, a key moment is in the film, and many people were wiping tears from their eyes.
So, this film is really struck a nerve, here in Russia, just months before this election.>> The film's box office success is partly due to a state campaign to promote home grown films, and it promotes a message that is very much in line with Putin's own.>> There's little doubt, in fact there's no doubt, that Vladimir Putin will win the upcoming presidential election.
And of course, patriotism has been at the heart of his agenda for this last 18 years. This film shows that in order to be successful teams, and indeed countries you confer need to pull together, need to unite. And for Putin, that's a useful message, just months before his election.
>> The films director though says, Three Seconds is more than just nostalgia for the Soviet Union. And that's why people are still flocking to see it.>>