Preparation has started for the filming of a Ukraine-Kazakhstan joint film about Taras Shevchenko, regarded by many as the father of Ukrainian literature.
Shooting for Tarazi. Bidding a farewell to the desert is set to take place this year in Ukraine’s Odessa region and in the Mangystau Region of Kazakhstan. Filming will be held in particular at the New Petrovsky fort in Mangystau, where Shevchenko spent his military service.
The film, which has a budget of 44,800,000 hryvnias (approx. US$1.7 million), is due to be released in autumn 2017 and is written and directed by Alexander Denisenko, who won the film script competition held to mark the 200th anniversary of Shevchenko’s birth.
“The film-making period will be brief — no more than 14 days. Our task is to show historical places: the mausoleum, cemetery, underground mosque, round stones [...]. These are real historical places where the events described in the scenario took place,” co-producer of the project, Dmitry Kotelenets, noted.