My husband Kolka is American

The director of the film, Olga Smirnova, talks about her husband Nick, who has been in love with America for 30 years. Ever since school, the friends and classmates called Nikolai - an American. This film is not filmed according to the script. It's part of Nick's life.
In 1989, Nikolai learns that his grandfather's brother lives in the United States. Immediately after the liberation of Nazi Germany by American soldiers in 1945, grandfather Ivan Simankov, from German captivity, moved to the United States with Polish prisoners. He does not want to return to the Soviet Union, where, on the orders of Joseph Stalin, all Soviet soldiers who have been in captivity are given 10 years in prison. Ivan chooses freedom and goes to America. Nikolai is looking for a meeting with his grandfather and finds him in 1992. Ivan asks his grandson Bryan to maintain the established family connection with Russia. Bryan Kurovsky is an American student with excellent knowledge of the Russian language. He meets Nikolai in Berlin during a tourist trip to Germany. This is how the kinship and long-term friendship between the families of Nikolai and Bryan was born. In the summer of 1992, at the invitation of Ivan, Nikolai arrives in New York. This meeting takes place in the city of Sweetwater. This is how the story of a 30-year friendship between two families from Russia and the United States begins. Olga's husband was happy with his first trip to the United States. The country and the people made a huge impression on him. After Ivan's death, Nikolai visited the United States 15 times. The history of this film and the life story of Kolka the American are inextricably linked. This is practically the biography of Nikolai, who is celebrating his 64th birthday this year. Over the years, Nick met dozens of Americans, met with Russian friends who permanently live in the United States. Watch our movie. Duration 39 minutes. There are subtitles.

  • Olga Smirnova
  • Nick Simankov
  • Olga Smirnova
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    39 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Olga Smirnova

Director Olga Smirnova was born in 1976. She studied Publishing and Editing at Moscow State University of Printing Arts. She worked as an editor at the Moscow Philharmonic and deputy director of the "Shadow Theater" and at the Moscow theater "New Ballet". In 2006 Olga directed the film "Temple". This documentary became a laureate of the 2006 Orthodox Film Festival "Vstrecha". Married. Two children.

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Director Statement

The history of the creation of our film is very family history. Since 1992, my husband, Nikolai, has often visited friends and relatives in America. As a true journalist, he always took his camera with him. On trips, Nick always shot a lot and each time he brought dozens of video tapes to Moscow. And then, one day, my husband said to me: "That's it. I realized that it was time to stop. And as the hero of the film Forest Gump, I realized that there is nowhere to run further. Everything has already happened. It is necessary to comprehend my archive for all 30 years. It is necessary to make a film. ". The script came to me within one night. The film was ready in a week. I want to thank my husband, my American Kolka. He was able to put together a huge video archive. We say thanks to the entire Moscow film crew and the volunteers of the American Center in Moscow (AMC). I thank our friends and relatives in the USA for supporting the project. Special thanks to Lillian Kurowski for meeting Nikolai back in 1992 at the bus station in Knoxville (TN). If Kolka had then passed his stop, perhaps this story of his travels might not have taken place. But everything happened and our film was in New York, at the documentary film festival. We love you America!