Unearthed more than 70 years later, writer/director Aleksey Kozlov’s Saving Leningrad will hit U.S. shores in select theaters this December. Kozlov also produces with Arkady Fateev, and with a cast that lists Andrey Mironov-Udalov, Maria Melnikova, Anastasia Melnikova, Gela Meskhi, Valeriy Degtyar, Sergey Zharkov, Ivan Lyrchikov, Vladimir Seleznyov, Mikhail Morozov, Inga Oboldina.
September, 1941. In an exciting and dangerous turn of events, young lovebirds Kostya and Nastya find themselves on board a barge that is evacuating people from the under sieged city of Leningrad. As they depart the barge, they encounter a ferocious storm. As the barge starts to sink, planes begin to arrive at the scene but tragically these planes are not there to rescue them. In fact, it’s quite the opposite….
The film is reportedly Russia’s official selection for the Golden Globe Awards 2020. A premiere screening for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is also in store in the coming weeks.
“This project is very important and personal to me because of my grandfathers who fought in World War 2 and participated in battles which led to saving the great city of Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) in 1944.” says Fateev. The producer also states while the film’s release on January 27 commemorated the Leningrad blockade, moreover, “this film is not only about war but also about love and hope!”