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Shooting of film about Chornobyl disaster, starring Olha Kurylenko, starts

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June 12, 2010, 4:03 p.m. | Lifestyle — by Interfax-Ukraine
The shooting of the Land of Oblivion film has officially started in Ukraine. The film is about the impact of one of the largest man-caused disasters of the twentieth century – the Chornobyl disaster. Olha Kurylenko, an actress of Ukrainian origin, who earlier played in the recent film about British spy James Bond - Quantum of Solace, is staring in the new film.

Members of the shooting team informed on the start of the shooting of the Ukrainian-French film at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine in Kyiv on Saturday.

"The plot is based on a personal drama of a young woman from Prypiat, the town of Soviet nuclear scientists. Her calm and happy life is destroyed in a blink –the day of the awful disaster at the reactor of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant. Loss of close friends and relatives, panic and horror, youth and beauty gone irretrievably and diseases – a heroine of Kurylenko survived through everything. Viewers would feel the depth of the Chornobyl tragedy through this fate ruined by the catastrophe," the organizers of the project presentation said.

The film would be shot in Ukraine and some episodes would be shot in the 30 Kilometer Chornobyl Zone with support of the Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry.

"I'm very glad to shoot in Ukraine for the first time. I've never shot hear, but I was born hear," Kurylenko said at the presentation.

"The project is of a special importance for mw, as it gives me a chance to make something important for my native land. I'm sure that we should remind the events to people so that to avoid similar disasters in the future," she said.

In turn, Ukrainian Emergencies Minister Nestor Shufrych said at the press conference that as a head of the ministry he cannot by participate in the project, adding that his ministry would help in shooting of the film.

"The whole world knows Ukraine not only thanks to Olha's talent, talents and victories of our brothers Klychko, Andriy Shevchenko, but unfortunately thanks to the Chornobyl disaster. This is not only a man-caused disaster, but thousands of ruined lives," he said.

The film's budget is around 4 million euros. Polish and German specialists are taking part in the shooting, apart from French and Ukrainians.
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