On 17 April 2010, Nikita Mikhalkov’s Burnt by the Sun 2 will be premiered at the State Kremlin Palace under the sponsorship of VTB Bank. This epic duology comprises two full-length films, Burnt by the Sun: Before God and Burnt by the Sun: Citadel. The release of the first film is timed to the celebration of the 65th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.
Burnt by the Sun: Before God is a sequel to Nikita Mikhalkov’s Burnt by the Sun released in 1994. The movie won an Oscar (Best Foreign Language Film) and the Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix.
According to the director, all characters are returning from the first film to continue their lives on the second movie. The actors will remain the same, except for one of the leading female roles – Marusya (now portrayed by Viktoria Tolstoganova). The characters will have to go through the hell of World War II to find each other and try to regain happiness.
The materials for the film were gathered by a large group of historians and consultants. The film crew watched more than 60 hours of Soviet and captured German newsreels, as well as files from the US and UK military archives. The movie also uses documents that had been stored in FSB archives and were declassified only a few years ago. Thus, all the events, details and images were based on real facts. The production process, from conception to completion, took 8 years.
The film features Nikita Mikhalkov, Oleg Menshikov, Viktoria Tolstoganova, Dmitry Dyuzhev, Mikhail Efremov, Nadezhda Mikhalkova, Valentin Gaft and many others.
On the eve of the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the Victory, VTB Bank organized distribution of free tickets to Burnt by the Sun: Before God to veterans of the Great Patriotic War in the regions.
The general release of the film is scheduled for 22 April 2010.
For reference:Motion pictures and television are one of many sponsorship directions of VTB Bank. The Bank is also a permanent Official sponsor of TEFI and TEFI-Region award ceremonies. In 2009 VTB Bank supported the documentary ”A Gogol’s Excuse”, a unique project timed to the 200th anniversary of the renowned writer.