Directed by Sergey Mokritskiy.
Starring: Yuliya Peresild, Evgeniy Tsyganov, Joan Blackham, Oleg Vasilkov and Anatoliy Kot.
A biographical film charting the story of Soviet Ukrainian Lyudmila Pavlichenko, one of the deadliest snipers in World War II.
The joint Russian and Ukrainian production of The Battle of Sevastopol (Bitva za Sevastopol) is an engaging and imaginative war biography. Occasionally struggling to separate the hyperbole from the facts, it is nevertheless worth seeking out for anyone interested in a dual assessment of militaristic and psychological conflict, both inside and outside the arena of war.
The Russian language film tells the story of Ukrainian-born sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko (Yuliya Peresild) – nicknamed ‘Lady Death’. Trained as a sniper and sent to fight on the frontline in 1941, aged 25, Pavlichenko was said to have killed 309 Nazis in less than a year during battles in Odessa and the strategic city of Sevastopol on Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula.