Russian-Ukrainian film “Battle for Sevastopol” released

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The film tells about the life of the most successful female sniper of World War II.

The Russian-Ukrainian film “Battle for Sevastopol” starring Yulia Peresild as the legendary female sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko is shown at Russian cinemas.

This information was given to TASS by “20th Century Fox CIS” engaged in the film’s distribution.

The film tells about the life of the most successful female sniper of World War II (she killed more than 300 Nazi soldiers and officers) in the period from 1937 to 1957. The story is narrated by US First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt who Pavlichenko met during her trip to America in 1942.

“They were friends and they held correspondence with each other. And those letters survived. We thought Eleanor Roosevelt would be an ideal narrator of Pavlichenko’s story, because through her life she could see a terrible war that was going on another continent,” film director Sergey Mokritsky told reporters.

The role of Eleanor Roosevelt was performed by British actress Joan Blackham. The film also involved Yevgeny Tsyganov, Oleg Vasilkov, Nikita Tarasov, Anatoly Kot and other actors. The film soundtracks are Victor Tsoy’s “Cuckoo” by Russian singer Polina Gagarina and the song “Obiymy” by Ukrainian group “Okean Elzy”.

Work on the film began in February 2013. The project was financially supported by the Russian Ministry of Culture and the Ukrainian State Committee for Cinematography. The film total budget amounted to about $5 million. The shooting took place from the autumn of 2013 to July 2014 in Sevastopol, Balaklava, Kyiv, Odessa and Kamenets-Podolsky.

Text and pictures by TASS