‘Polina’ film be­ing shot in Kyiv’s Troyeshchy­na

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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)

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