Russian Basketball Film ‘Three Seconds’ To Screen At ZIFF

  Sep 14, 2022

Press Release

Zimbabwe International Film Festival 2022

Special Screening – Three Seconds

Harare, September 14th, 2022. We are excited to be screening the Russian basketball feature film, ‘Three Seconds’, 2017, thanks to the Russian Embassy in Zimbabwe. It is directed by Anton Megerdichev and produced by Nikita Mikhalkov, Leonid Vereshchagin, Anton Zlatopolskiy, Anatoly Fradis & Jeremy Elliott. It will be screened at the ZIFFTHub at 2 Canterbury Road, Kensington on Thursday, the 15th of September at 3:00pm. Entry is FREE for all screenings and we are excited to have you here with us!

The story is set at the 1972 Munich Olympics where the U.S. team lost the basketball championship for the first time in 36 years. The final moments of the final game have become one of the most controversial events in Olympic history. With play tied, the score table horn sounded during a second free throw attempt that put the U.S. ahead by one. But the Soviets claimed they had called for a time out before the basket and confusion ensued. The clock was set back by three seconds twice in a row and the Russians finally prevailed at the very last. The Americans had already begun to rejoice in the victory, they were sure that in these three seconds the outcome of the match will not change. But not only the outcome of the match changed, but the whole basketball history. The U.S. protested, but a jury decided in the USSR’s favour and Team USA voted unanimously to refuse its silver medals. The Soviet players have been treated as heroes at home.


Anton Megerdichev – Soviet film director and screenwriter. He was born in Moscow, Russia. Best known for his work on films like Going Vertical (2017), Metro (2013), Shadowboxing 2: Revenge (2007), Dark World (2010).