‘Orange’ revolution hits the biz

Drama brings in buzz in homeland, abroad

Ukraine is experiencing another orange revolution with the AIDS drama “Orangelove.”

“It’s the first independently financed film to come out of Ukraine,” said Vladimir Horunzhy, who produced “Orangelove” with his business partner Alina Panova and shot the pic with a crew with an average age of 23.

“Basically, the Ukrainian film industry is dead right now, the only filmmaking that’s going on is production servicing for Russian films and TV. What we started here is a rebirth,” he added.

Helmed by 25-year-old Ukrainian Alan Badoyev, whose background is in musicvids and commercials, “Orangelove” stars Russian thesp Aleksei Chadov. Chadov was named Russian newcomer of the year at the St. Petersburg fest last week and is a well known on Russian and Ukrainian cinema screens for his roles in Russian blockbusters “Day Watch,” “Night Watch” and “9th Company.”

In contrast to most contemporary Russian producers who are satisfied with the huge ex-Soviet market, Horunzhy and Panova aim to make films for the international market.

“We’re also going to do English-language films with international talent. Our next film will be based on a computer game and have a budget of around $70 million,” said Horunzhy, who worked as a producer in the U.S. before returning to the Ukraine.

“We want to prove that there is independent filmmaking potential in Ukraine and that moviemaking is a business, a way of making money — like in Hollywood.”

With coin from Ukrainian industry conglom Kiev-Dombass, Horunzhy and Panova have also started building Studio City Kiev. The intention is to provide 12 soundstages and to produce around four pics a year. “We want to be the next Prague,” said Horunzhy.

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