On March 28, the premiere will take place in St. Petersburg. And on March 29 – in Moscow. The duration of the film is 2 hours 15 minutes.
It’s not just the sign language feature of the movie. Also, everyone can see the picture: there are subtitles, there is traditional dubbing. The main feature of the film is that the film crew consists of deaf and hard of hearing people.
The tape is based on the chronicle story about the holy noble prince Alexander Yaroslavovich and the documentary evidence of his contemporaries. The story is told against the background of the historical events of the mid-13th century. Filming took place in Russia, Mongolia and even Italy, including the Vatican. In addition, the group was able to come to the Vatican in January of this year. Despite the sanctions, people with disabilities met halfway and received visas.
“In Italy, we wanted to find and found unique evidence related to the correspondence between Alexander Nevsky and Pope Innocent IV. Historians often mention this fact, but few people have seen these letters. The letters are stored in the Vatican, and we became in Russia’s first film crew, which allowed shooting in the Vatican’s Apostolic Archives,” said Sergei Krechetov, co-author of the script, director of the Languages Without Borders educational center, which trains deaf and hard-of-hearing people. RG.
Part of the filming took place at Lake Peipsi. And in Mongolia, they filmed scenes with nomads who preserved the traditional way of life. Together with them they built a yurt, drank koumiss and arranged horse races.
The idea to create a film in Russian Sign Language for people with disabilities came up in the summer of 2021. The initiative was supported by the Presidential Fund for Cultural Initiatives. Work on the picture took more than a year and a half.