The Man Who Saved the World
Directed by Peter Anthony
Denmark | 1 hr 40 min | 2014
At the heart of “The Man Who Saved the World” stands Stanislav Petrov, the Russian Lt. Colonel, who sacrificed everything by disobeying the chain of nuclear launch commands; changing the fate of the world as we know it.
Few people know of him…yet conceivably hundreds of millions of people are alive because of him. Stanislav Petrov, a retired Soviet military officer, is credited with preventing the start of World War III and the nuclear devastation of much of the Earth.
Peter Anthony (b. May 19, 1971) is a Danish director, screenwriter, set designer, architect and graphic designer.
Graduating from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen (1999) with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris (1996), Anthony first started his professional work within architecture, art direction and graphic design. After graduation, Anthony worked as an architect and art director with several prestigious assignments for, among other things, GL STRAND (Denmark).
Later, Anthony, also a skilled painter, was drawn to direction and the art of storytelling. Getting more and more involved in theater, documentary filmmaking and feature short films, Anthony has worked both as a producer, director and screenwriter.
In 2001, he used his talents as a set designer on Denmark’s Radio’s interactive flagship program, ROFL, which won an Emmy. In 2002, Anthony was admitted into Super 16, a film school located at Nordisk Film (Denmark), housing the nation’s most promising young talents.
Anthony now has more than twelve years of experience working on various national and international film productions. He also produced the music video for Danish rapper LOC, which was a Grammy® nominee for Best Music Video.
In addition, Anthony has worked on short films as a director or as a producer: Fat Boy and Candela, which had its world premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. He worked as a director on the international feature-length films Utzon Returns and War & Love.
The Man Who Saved the World is Anthony’s international debut as a feature-length film director. In the hybrid drama, mixing nonfiction with narrative fiction, telling the epic Cold War thriller of Stanislav Petrov that will send shivers down your spine, Anthony has been fortunate to be able to draw on his diverse skills within the different aspects of the arts. In addition to serving as the film’s director, Anthony also contributed as a scriptwriter, co-editor, set design consultant and graphic designer.
Anthony’s inspiration emanated from a fascination with Petrov’s unique story, driving Anthony to create a spectacular and epic piece about a crucial time of history.