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Russian movie ‘Escapes’ at Cannes

Aleksander Kott to direct POW pic

Aleksander Kott will direct a pic based on the true story of an audacious aerial escape by Russian prisoners of war from a Nazi rocket factory.

“Escape to the Sky” is the little-known story of a Soviet pilot who stole a German Heinkel bomber and flew to safety with nine comrades from the secret Nazi V2 rocket forced labor factory at Peenemuende, northeast Germany.

The movie will be shot in English and Russian with an eye to the international market, and star Oleg Taktarov, who will produce with Denis Filyukov.

Filyukov made a documentary bringing together the Soviet with the German pilot who had been ordered to shoot down the renegade Heinkel but refused to do so.

Details of the movie were announced Saturday at a focus on new Russian films, hosted by the Russian Pavilion.

Other films in Cannes looking for partners, backing or development include director Aleksei German Jr.’s contempo tale of Russian life, “Under Electric Clouds”; Alexandra Strelyanaya’s “Dry Valley,” an arthouse adaption of Ivan Bunin’s classic story produced by Aleksei Uchitel’s Rock Films and Gorky Studios; thriller-cum-love story “The Roadside House” directed by Anton Sivers and produced by Russian World Studios and Nikita Mikhalkov’s Tri-te; and “Living,” directed by Vassily Sigarev and produced by Roman Borisevich of Koktebel Film.

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