“The Cosmonaut” seems to be an unstoppable project. When the Russian backer pulled out (along with half of the funds) just days before shooting began, the team raised €120,000 in three days through crowd-funding. Nor were the inexperienced crew deterred by the plague of mosquitoes they encountered on location in Latvia, insects ferocious enough to kill a local cow and to make actor Max Wrottesely’s leg turn black. It may even have had a positive effect on the film. Wrottesely himself seems to have taken it in his stride: “nothing creates camaraderie like chaos”.