‘Polina’ film being shot in Kyiv’s Troyeshchyna
known as the producer of “The Tribe,” a 2014 award-winning movie by Myroslav Slaboshpytsky, was also on the set on Nov. 7.
“At first it was hard to work in an international film crew because of the language barrier and the mentality difference,” Ivanov said. “Our foreign colleagues didn’t understand the tradition of breaking a dish for luck before the start of shooting.”
The filming period of “Polina” is very short, just 24 days. The team is forced to rush because in December, the lead cameraman Thierry Arbogast, who worked with Luc Besson on “Lucy” (2014) and “The Fifth Element” (1997), needs to go back to France to start another movie with Besson, “Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets.”
“I like it here, in Ukraine,” Arbogast said after filming was done for the day. “The crew is working fast and hard. My Ukrainian (assistants) are the best. But that is because I am the best.”
Polina is scheduled to premiere in 2016. After the tense shooting period, there will be three or four months of post-production.
Ivanov has a good feeling about how “Polina” will be received, although he says that the crew is working on the movie more for the sake of art than for money. Even renowned cameraman Arbogast is working for half of his usual fee, according to Ivanov.
Belgian director Olias Barco (R) gives acting tips to Polina Pechenenko on the set of fantasy film “Polina” on Nov. 7 at FILM.UA studio in Kyiv. (Courtesy by Film Ua. Studio)