ILIYA MUROMETS MOVIE
FROM XI CENTURY RUSSIA
To the delight of our readers who always ask me for more international projects, today we are going back again to good old Matushka Rossiya: this one started shooting back in 2019, but then we had the covid outbreak and I'm not sure where is this project currently at, whether it is still in post production or not, but I do have first photos from Russian historical movie ILIYA MUROMETS (Илия Муромец) from director Karen Oganesyan with the ensemble that includes Yegor Pazenko, Andrey Merzlikin, Olga Medynich, Danila Yakushev, Anton Pampushny, Vladislav Demin and other actors!
WHAT'S THE STORY?
Russia, XI century. The state is in danger. From the south, its borders are threatened by hordes of Polovtsy, wild steppe pagans, and from the inside, an internal war is sharpening, which Prince Vladimir Monomakh is trying to stop with all his might. It is in times like these that legends are born. The legend of ILIYA MUROMETS lives to this day, but, like any legend, a living person is hiding behind it. A peasant son who could not walk until the age of thirty-three, but became a great warrior. This is a mighty warrior who faithfully served Prince Monomakh and won the glory of a hero in the war against the Polovtsy and in the unification of Russian lands. A hero who, after so many feats, left military affairs and devoted the rest of his life to serving God.
BEHIND THE PRODUCTION
The idea of the film belongs to Yegor Pazenko, who also plays the title role and acts as the general producer. For several months, Yegor, together with the historian Alexander Golovkov, worked on the future script, and later Karen Oganesyan also joined them. The story of legendary ILIYA MUROMETS has come down to our days in the format of epic poems, fairy tales, comics, and has become for everyone a kind of a comic story, divorced from reality. Therefore the creators of this picture had a very important task: to tell people about the real ILIYA MUROMETS, a real person who lived in the times of Ancient Russia. The budget of the film is 900 million rubles (about $7 million), which is not surprising - this is an incredibly large-scale and ambitious project, which involves famous actors, an impressive number of extras, work has also been done to restore life in Russia in the 11th century, costumes, armor, and weapons have been created. The film uses computer graphics, there are spectacular, meticulously staged fight scenes in order to recreate significant battles of ancient Russia from the time of price Monomakh.