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A missile at the Kremlin. The tragicomedy "Easter Egg" was released, driving Russian propagandists into hysteria.

Oksana GaydorNews
Preview of the movie in Kyiv

Starting today, April 25, the family tragicomedy Easter Egg starring Stanislav Boklan and Olesya Zhurakivska will be screened in cinemas. The film was shot during the Great War and tells about the events that took place after the full-scale invasion.

OBOZ.UA attended the premiere screening in Kyiv and will tell you all the interesting details about the movie and the behind-the-scenes stories of its creation.

A missile at the Kremlin. The tragicomedy ''Easter Egg'' was released, driving Russian propagandists into hysteria.

In the story, three generations of relatives gather at their parents' house to celebrate Easter together. The father of the family (Stas Boklan) does not hide the fact that he is not very happy about the visit of his son (Volodymyr Hladky), his eldest daughter (Olesia Zhurakivska) and his youngest daughter (Dasha Leheida-Sova) with their grandson. He is afraid that his relatives might disrupt his plans: In an abandoned factory, Ivan Zabiyaka is secretly repairing a missile launcher control panel that he removed from "train zero," which in Soviet times served as a moving platform for launching nuclear warheads. Grandpa Ivan dreams of hitting the Kremlin with a missile and ending the war.

A missile at the Kremlin. The tragicomedy ''Easter Egg'' was released, driving Russian propagandists into hysteria.

The Zabiyak family has not seen each other for many years, and together they have to not only get used to life in war, but also build new family relationships. Each of the characters also gets a chance to understand themselves and undergo a certain transformation. For example, Ivan Zabiyaka's son, the frivolous Yaryk, tries to "dodge" mobilization at the beginning of the film, but later radically changes his values.

A missile at the Kremlin. The tragicomedy ''Easter Egg'' was released, driving Russian propagandists into hysteria.

The younger daughter Anna is going through a difficult long-term affair with a married man, but thanks to a visit to her native village, she finds new love. Older daughter Olya faces a difficult personal choice, which she considers a problem, and at the end of the film it becomes clear that this is perhaps the greatest happiness in her life.

A missile at the Kremlin. The tragicomedy ''Easter Egg'' was released, driving Russian propagandists into hysteria.

The film, produced by Mamas Production with the support of Film.ua and StarLightMedia, was shot last fall. At the same time, several reports from the filming of the new movie appeared in the press. The Russian media reacted unexpectedly, calling the upcoming Ukrainian film a "hell of an Easter egg." The authors of the articles stated that it was a fictional story. However, in fact, the film is based on a plot that took place in real life: during the Soviet era, there really was a combat railroad missile train, "train number zero," which was assembled at the Southern Machine-Building Plant in Dnipro. Therefore, part of the design could have actually survived.

A missile at the Kremlin. The tragicomedy ''Easter Egg'' was released, driving Russian propagandists into hysteria.

The film has already been shown to the public at preview screenings in several cities across the country. On Tuesday, April 23, the preview took place in Kyiv. The entire film crew attended the premiere. There were many Ukrainian actors who are not involved in the film, but they gladly accepted the invitation to congratulate their colleagues on their new work. The film's protagonist, actor Stas Boklan, watched the movie with his wife, actress Natalia Klenina, and Olesya Zhurakivska was congratulated on her role by her close friend, actress Vitalina Bibliv.

A missile at the Kremlin. The tragicomedy ''Easter Egg'' was released, driving Russian propagandists into hysteria.

By the way, according to the screenwriters, they worked on the plot, already knowing what roles Boklan and Zhurakivska would play. The characters of Ivan's grandfather and his eldest daughter Olya were written specifically for the actors. The script was written by Yuriy Mykulenko and Dmytro Hryhorenko, who had previously worked on Kvartal projects, including Servant of the People.

A missile at the Kremlin. The tragicomedy ''Easter Egg'' was released, driving Russian propagandists into hysteria.

According to the actor Volodymyr Hladky (played by Yaryk Zabiyaka), the film was originally supposed to be a series. "The State Film Agency wanted to give us money, but when the scandal with 33 million hryvnias happened (it was about the TV series Ingulets by Yuriy Horbunov - Ed.), the producers refused the money," said Hladkyi at the film's presentation in Ivano-Frankivsk. The film was shot at private expense.

A missile at the Kremlin. The tragicomedy ''Easter Egg'' was released, driving Russian propagandists into hysteria.

The film was shot in a very short time, in fact, in one breath, because according to the script, the events take place in the spring on the eve of Easter, and obvious signs of autumn could already appear in the frame. The director Taras Dudar says that everything was possible thanks to a great team and actors, and the film's cinematographer Serhiy Krutko admitted that every day of filming was like a small life for him.

A missile at the Kremlin. The tragicomedy ''Easter Egg'' was released, driving Russian propagandists into hysteria.

The movie contains a lot of humor and very touching moments that make you sincerely empathize with the characters. What you see on the screen is guaranteed to evoke different emotions in the audience - there will be reasons to laugh and cry. The movie also features a lot of Ukrainian music on the screen, which adds to the atmosphere. And a little spoiler information: Grandpa Ivan will fulfill the wishes of almost every Ukrainian today.

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