On the eve of May 9 Victory Day in the Second World War at the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Brussels, the "T-34" film directed by Alexey Sidorov was shown as well as a discussion was organised.
"At the time of the greatest trials of humanity, when the lives of loved ones depend on every action, two sworn enemies will begin their opposition.
Caught in captivity, yesterday's cadet Ivushkin plans a daring escape. He assembles his crew and, at the legendary T-34, challenges the German tank aces led by Jager.
For the sake of his love and homeland, he is ready to go to the end "
The film was shot 60 shifts from February 2016 to July 2017
• Filming took place in Moscow, Moscow region, Kaluga region (near the village of Nefedovo) and in the Czech Republic, in the cities of Loket and Terezin.
• The scenery of the village was built from scratch. Old log houses were purchased in the Pskov and Tver regions, where they were dismantled, then transported to the location of the filming and collected again. The roofs, trim and carvings were partially purchased, but most were specially manufactured.
• The reference for the construction of the village for the art director Konstantin Pahotin were archival photographs and written documentary evidence.
• The concentration camp was filmed in the Czech Terezín on the territory of a real former concentration camp, now turned into the Ghetto Museum.
• The film involves historical working models of T-34-76 and T-34-85 tanks, as well as high-quality copies of German tanks. Also on the screen you can see the historic German locomotives with authentic cars.
• All the scenes inside the tanks were filmed in the cabins of real combat vehicles, where the camera crew managed to place up to 5 cameras.
• The actors learned to drive a tank, direct, load projectiles, etc. Also, due to the limited space inside the cabin, the leading actors had to correct the light themselves, adjust the make-up, slam the crackers.
• The majority of tank maneuvers (tilting, sharp turns, etc.) were performed by the actors themselves, after having been trained on the basis of Mosfilm. Victor Dobronravov sometimes had to spend for tank levers for 12 hours.
• Viktor Dobronravov, preparing for the role of a Belarusian, read a lot, watched Belarusian TV and video clips in order to learn the melody of speech.
• It took Irina Starshenbaum, who plays the role of a girl translator, to master the phonetics of the German language in a month. During the shooting of the actress almost every day had to learn a large amount of text in German.
• The military consultants of the film are Mikhail Baryatinsky, a leading historian of armored vehicles of the Second World War, a journalist, and Kevin Farrell, Colonel of the US Army, director of Battlefield Leadership, consultant for the film Rage (2014).
• The main consultant of the costume designer for Ulyana Polyanskaya was the assistant for the military costume Dmitry Krupennikov. The costumes for the film were sewn, rented at domestic and European studios, and also bought at flea markets. So, the blazers of the heroes of Irina Starshenbaum and Alexander Petrov are historical; on the Soviet and European civil crowd, mostly vintage items of the war period. All the clothes passed through the factories shop, where things were old, dirty, etc., if necessary.
• A total of about 600 people participated in crowd scenes.
• More than 200 specialists worked on visual effects (Film Direction FX, Trehmer, PostModern, KinoPost, Sci-FX, Spatial Harmonics and many small companies and artists) under the management of ALGOUS STUDIO.
• The total amount of graphics - about 800 plans with visual effects, ranging from the most simple, with grouting elements of modernity, ending with FULL CG, that is, plans that are completely generated on a computer.