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DVD Review – Battle for Sevastopol (2015)

Battle for Sevastopol, 2015.

Directed by Sergey Mokritskiy.

Starring: Yuliya Peresild, Evgeniy Tsyganov, Joan Blackham, Oleg Vasilkov and Anatoliy Kot.

Synopsis :

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.
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Us majors eye Ukrainian blockbuster

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Us majors eye Ukrainian blockbuster
Speaking at the Odessa Film Festival the producer of Sergey Mokritsky’s war drama Unbroken said that the project had now completed principal photography.

20th Century Fox and Universal are among the Us majors ¨in talks¨ to take on worldwide distribution for Sergey Mokritsky’s € 3.7m biopic/war drama Unbroken.

Speaking at this week’s Works in Progress showcase at the Odessa Film Industry Office, producer Egor Olesov of Kiev-based Kinorob said that the Ukrainian-Russian co-production - which had previously previously gone under the working title of The Battle Of Sevastopol - completed principal photography in Kiev on last Tuesday (July 15).

Expected to be a blockbuster success in Ukraine, the film recounts the story of student Lyudmila Pavilchenko who was a legendary sniper during the Second World War with 309 shots to her credit and later became friends with the First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

In an interview with Russia’s Ria-Novosti , producer Natalia Mokritskaya said that the film
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Odessa unveils works in progress

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Odessa unveils works in progress
Exclusive: The Battle of Sevastopol among ten projects being presented next week.

Sergei Mokritsky’s biopic-war drama The Battle of Sevastopol (working title) is among ten projects being presented as ‘works in progress’ at next week’s Film Industry Office programme (July 14-17), taking place during the fifth Odessa International Film Festival (July 11-19).

The €3.6m Ukrainian-Russian co-production between Kiev-based Kinorob and Russia’s New People had been pitched during last year’s Industry Office programme in Odessa, and has been shooting in Kiev and Odessa after an initial shoot on the Crimea at the end of the last year.

The historical drama centres on the life of Lyudmila Pavlichenko who killed over 300 Nazis during the Second World War as a highly decorated sniper.

Yulia Peresild has been cast as Pavlichenko, who enjoyed a 16-year friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt (played here by UK actress Joan Blackham) and inspired a song written by the legendary folk singer [link=nm
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Russia, Ukraine unite for Battle

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Russia, Ukraine unite for Battle
Russian producer says detoriating political relations between Russia and Ukraine hasn’t damaged production.

Russia and Ukraine may be at loggerheads following revolution and Russian military intervention earlier this year – but the two countries’ film industries are working more closely than ever before.

$5m Russian/Ukranian co-production Battle For Sevastopol is currently shooting in Kiev – and, speaking in Cannes this week at a Roskino reception, Russian producer Mila Rozanova says that the deteriorating political relations between the two countries have not damaged the production.

The aim is to have the film (pitched at the festival last year) ready for Cannes 2015, the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Yulia Peresild stars as legendary Russian sniper Ludmila Pavlichenko, who killed around 360 Germans during the war and was lionised as a Soviet hero. She was a close friend of American First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (Joan Blackham) after meeting her on a trip to the Us in 1944.

Pavlichenko
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Ida wins at Wiesbaden's goEast

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Ida wins at Wiesbaden's goEast
Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida received the Skoda Film Prize for Best Film at Wiesbaden’s goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, which ended with the awards ceremony on Tuesday evening (April 15).

Ida, which had taken the prize for Best Narrative Film a day before at the Sarasota Film Festival in the Us, was released by Arsenal Film on 26 prints in German cinemas last Thursday (April 10) after opening goEast the previous evening.

The International Jury, headed by German-born producer Jan Harlan and including Russian actor Ivan Shvedoff, Ukrainian producer Dmytro Tiazhlov and Georgian film-maker Nana Ekvtimishvili and Hungarian film critic Ivan Forgacs, praised “a precise screenplay and the outstanding direction” of Pawlikowski’s Polish-language debut.

On announcing the winner, Harlan said that the whole jury was ¨agreed¨ and ¨elated¨ about giving the top honour to Pawlikowski’s film which includes a cash prize of € 10,000 for the producers.

Opus Film’s Ewa Puszczynska, the film’s
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