Bavaria plans Chernobyl drama

German shingle teams with Russian, Ukrainian companies

Bavaria Pictures is teaming up for the first time with co-production partners from Russia and the Ukraine on a bigscreen feature about the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant catastrophe.

Bavaria is co-producing the pic, which begins shooting this month in the Ukrainian city of Sverdlovsk, with Russia’s Passahir Film and Nonstop Prods. as well as Ukrainian group Sota Cinema and German pubcasters MDR and Arte. NFP will release the film in Germany.

Writer-director Alexander Mindadze’s “Innocent Saturday” recounts events surrounding the worst nuclear accident in history, which occurred in the Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union) after an explosion in one of the plant’s reactors sent a plume of radioactive fallout into the atmosphere and over much of Europe. Pic follows a party official desperately searching for the woman he loves in order to escape the disaster.

Bavaria is looking to secure federal subsidy coin for the pic, which will complete post-production in Germany. Bavaria Film Intl. handles world sales.

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