The Balkan Line

The Balkan Line (Russian: Балканский рубеж, romanizedBalkanskiy rubezh; Serbian: Балканска међа / Balkanska međa) is a 2019 RussianSerbian action film directed by Andrey Volgin,[2][3][4] depicting a secret operation to capture Slatina Airport in Kosovo after the bombing of Yugoslavia, led by Yunus-bek Yevkurov. These events became the most dangerous aggravation of relations between the Russians and the West since the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The Balkan Line
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Movie poster
Directed byAndrey Volgin
Produced by
Written by
  • Ivan Naumov
  • Natalya Nazarova
  • Andrey Anaykin
Starring
Production
company
Upgrade Vision
Bless Film
Archangel Studios
Distributed by20th Century Fox CIS
Release date
  • 21 March 2019 (2019-03-21)
Running time
130 minutes
CountryRussia, Serbia
LanguageRussian, Serbian
BudgetRUB230 million
($3.6 million)
Box office$5.85 million[1]

The film was released in Russia on 21 March 2019 (three days prior to the 20th anniversary of the events depicted in the film); it was released by 20th Century Fox CIS.

PlotEdit

In 1999, during the bombing of Yugoslavia, Slatina airfield is taken over by terrorists led by an Albanian warlord, Smuk. Afterwards, an operation to capture the airfield from them is conducted by Russian intelligence agents. The terrorists engage in organ harvesting, robberies, assassinations, and ethnic cleansing.

Russian Airborne Troop and military intelligence officer Aslan-Bek Evkhoev and former paratrooper-turned-mercenary Andrey Shatalov head a small detachment tasked with the dangerous mission to stop the terrorists, recapture the airfield held from them, and hold it until a Russian Airborne Troops reinforcement stationed in Bosnia arrived ahead of NATO forces, which the team will leave beforehand, as well as rescue Shatalov's love interest Jasna Blagojević, who was captured to be harvested for organs, along with several ethnic Serb prisoners.[5]

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

 
The creators of the film The Balkan Line (from left to right): Andrey Volgin, Andrey Anaykin, Ivan Naumov

The idea of creating a film about the events in Yugoslavia came to Gosha Kutsenko in 2012, during a conversation with a friend, Slovak producer Vasil Shevts. The writer Ivan Naumov was invited to write the script, and he created a 600-page love story of a Russian peacekeeper and a Serbian girl. Kutsenko later met with producer Vadim Byrkin and General Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, who agreed to help him. The real details of the operation in which Yevkurov participated (at that time - the GRU special forces major) are still under the stamp of secrecy, so the scriptwriters thought up the plot at their own discretion, and Yevkurov advised them on the reliability of what was happening.[9]

CastingEdit

Miloš Biković was first offered the role of a Russian soldier, but he refused, deciding that it would be more logical for him to play a Serb in a joint film between Russia and Serbia. However, he immediately agreed to help organize the filming in his homeland and became not only an actor, but also one of the producers of the film.

Milena Radulović (sr) especially for participating in the filming of the film studied Russian and improved it every time, after which she now speaks it with almost no accent.

Emir Kusturica played a small role as a Belgrade taxi driver; According to executive producer Anastasia Pelevina, at first the director had to enter the crew from the Serbian side, but their work schedules did not match.

FilmingEdit

For the filming, all the actors playing the role of special forces went through heavy two-month training, significantly tightening their physical and shooting training.

Location filming took place in Moscow, Moscow Oblast, Republic of Crimea, Russia and Serbia.

ReleaseEdit

The film was released to Russia, Serbia, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Belarus and Kazakhstan on March 21, 2019.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Balkan Line". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  2. ^ "«Спасти Ленинград» и «Звёздные войны»: самые ожидаемые фильмы 2019 года" [Saving Leningrad and Star Wars: the most anticipated films of 2019]. RIA Novosti (in Russian). January 10, 2019.
  3. ^ Dabb, Dmitriy (January 2, 2019). "«Самые ожидаемые фильмы 2019 года" [“The most anticipated films of 2019]. Vzglyad (in Russian).
  4. ^ "Сиквелы, байопики, экранизации бестселлеров: самые ожидаемые фильмы 2019 года" [Sequels, biopic, best-seller film adaptations: the most anticipated films of 2019]. RIA news Crimea (in Russian). January 12, 2019.
  5. ^ "Балканский рубеж, 2018". Kinoafisha.info (in Russian).
  6. ^ Kolenskiy, Aleksey (December 28, 2018). "Анонс-2019" [Announcement-2019]. Kultura (in Russian).
  7. ^ "Гоша Куценко 15 сентября начнет сниматься на Балканах в новом фильме" [Gosha Kutsenko September 15 will begin acting in the Balkans in a new film]. ТАСС (in Russian). TASS. 18 August 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  8. ^ "The Balkan Line (2019) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb.
  9. ^ "Gosha Kutsenko in the second trailer of the film The Balkan Line". Film.ru.

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