The military drama of the Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov "Burnt by the Sun 2: The Citadel" was released on Russian and world screens in May 2011.
The film became the logical continuation of the drama "Burnt by the Sun".
In 1994, the Russian-French military drama"Burnt by the Sun" made a furore in the film community and won the "Oscar" as the best foreign film. Despite the fact that the final of the picture was quite unambiguous, after a few years the director Nikita Mikhalkov decided to return to the history of the commander Sergei Kotov, his wife Marousi, daughter of Nadi and a friend of the family who turned out to be a traitor, NKVD officer Mitya. In 2010, the screens went on the sequel of "Burnt by the Sun". The second part of the trilogy, entitled "Foresight", was, as of 2012, the most high-budget Russian film.
The final picture, the Citadel, was supposed to beTo appear in a wide box office in November 2010, but the premier was postponed for 2011 for some reasons. The film was filmed in parallel with the "Foreground", it was attended by all the main actors involved in the first "Burnt by the Sun": Nikita Mikhalkov in the role of Kotov, Nadezhda Mikhalkov as his daughter Nadi, Oleg Menshikov as Mitya. Victoria Tolstoganova became the only new actress who played a well-known character. She tried on herself the image of Kotov's wife Marousi instead of Ingeborga Dapkunaite, who did not agree to the director's demand to refuse for the filming of participation in the reality show "Big Brother".
Preparation for the "Citadel" took a lot of actorsTime and demanded from each certain courage and zeal. Nadezhda Mikhalkova, whose heroine is in the war serving medical unit, was practicing at the Burdenko hospital, learning to open ampoules with medicine with one hand. Dmitry Djuzhev, who played the Belarusians, took lessons in the Belarusian language. And Viktoria Tolstoganova hurriedly came to form after giving birth, as during the filming she managed to become a double mother and become pregnant with a third baby.
The film was shot both in the pavilions of "Mosfilm", whereKotov's dacha was built, and on the nature, mainly in Gorokhovets, on the Klyazma River, where the bridge, the church (later blown up in the frame) and a hundred-meter citadel were rebuilt.