Magazine article Screen International

Russia, Ukraine Unite for Battle

Magazine article Screen International

Russia, Ukraine Unite for Battle

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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 was originally from Kiev - one reason why the film has been put together as a Russian/Ukraine co-production. …

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