Fortress of War (Brestskaya krepost) trailer
I like being surprised by trailers and Fortress of War definitely did that to me this morning. I expected it to be a small production, but looking at the shots in the trailer it looks like an epic film telling the story of an equally epic moment in the second World War.
The Russian film is directed by Alexander Kott and tells the story of the Russian forces defending the Brest Fortress told through three key areas and the memories of an elderly man who, at the time, was a young boy.
The film has a huge feel to it and it just seems to keep expanding the more you see of the trailer, but always pulls back to this young boy and his own story right at the heart of it. In these regards it does feel quite like a Russian Saving Private Ryan, a smaller story amongst the larger theatre of war used to tell the harrowing events and to pull the audience emotionally into the story.
Here's the blurb for Fortress of War (Brestskaya krepost):
The film shows the heroic defense of the Brest Fortress, which had taken upon the first strike of German fascist invaders on June 22 1941. Story describes the events of the first days of the defense. The film tells about three main resistance zones, headed by the regiment commander, Pyotr Mikhailovich Gavrilov, the commissar Efim Moiseevich Fomin and the head of the 9th frontier outpost, Andrey Mitrofanovich Kizhevatov. Many years later veteran Alexander Akimov again and again recalls the memories of the time, when he, then a 15 year old Sasha Akimov was deeply in love with the beautiful Anya and suddenly found himself in the middle of the bloody events of war.
When I say it's epic, you have to see the trailer to understand, the effects and some of the battle sequences are set to rival Hollywood effects laden war films. Here's the trailer which is well worth looking at and makes me think that the film is going to be pretty intense and rather impressive. Another export for Russia?