Lukashenko allocated 2 mln dollars for film starring Depardieu


President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has allocated two million dollars for shooting the film "Normandie-Niemen" starring Gerard Depardieu, head of the State Film Fund of Russia Nikolay Borodachyov told "Izvestia". It will be one of the biggest co-productions of France, Russia and Belarus.

According to Borodachyov, the producers are dealing with practical arrangements now. He added that Depardieu got a subordinate role; the actor is likely to play a mechanic.

Depardieu told about the new film during his visit to Belarus at the end of July 2015. The actor noted that the plot is based on the real evidence of the participants in the events, including General Charles de Gaulle’s memoirs. The release date is to be specified. Depardieu also noted that he would like to work and live in Belarus for some time.

"Normandie-Niemen" is a French fighter squadron. It was formed in 1942 on the initiative of Charles de Gaulle. The pilots of "Normandie-Niemen" flew more than five thousand sorties and took part in about 900 dogfights.

French director Jean Dreville brought to screen the history of the squadron in 1960. The film stars Soviet actors Nikolay Lebedev, Yury Medvedev, Vladimir Gusev, Nikolay Rybnikov, Vitaly Doronin and Nina Grebeshkova.

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