The Russian film crew is set to board the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday. The Soyuz-2.1 ship with actress Julia Peresild and director Klim Szypienko will take off from the Bajkonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan that day in the morning. The Russians intend to shoot “The Challenge”, the first ever feature film shot in outer space.
The spacecraft with the Russians on board is to take off on Tuesday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11.55 Moscow time (10.55 in Poland). It will separate from the launcher after approximately nine minutes of flight time. After another three hours and 17 minutes, you will be docked at the ISS. The stay on the International Space Station is to last 12 days.
The crew of the Soyuz-2.1a spacecraft is completed by the cosmonaut of the Russian space agency Roskosmos, Anton Shkaplerov.
The reserve crew is cosmonaut Oleg Artemiev, actress Alona Mordovina and cameraman Alexei Dudin.
A movie in space
The Russians in space will shoot the film “The Challenge”, telling the story of a doctor who is unexpectedly sent to the International Space Station (ISS) to save the life of the cosmonaut there. We informed about the plans to make the film two weeks ago.
The venture is a response to the plans of NASA, which planned to make a movie in space with Tom Cruise in the lead role. In May last year, NASA announced that it had partnered with Cruise to create the first-ever – as it was announced at the time – film shot partially in space. This production is also to take place at the ISS, and Cruise will be transported there by Elon Musk’s SpaceX. However, it is still unknown when the shooting for this project will begin.
“Challenge”. Julia Peresild in the lead role, director Klim Szypienko
Julia Peresild will play the lead role. She is currently one of the most popular actresses in Russia. She played, among others, in the film “At the end of the world” nominated for the Golden Globe and Oscar. On Monday, at a press conference, she admitted that the four-month preparations for the stay in space were very difficult, but she still feels great satisfaction. “This is an amazing opportunity,” said the 37-year-old actress. – We have worked really hard and we are really tired, even though we are in a good mood and smiling. It was mentally, physically and morally difficult. But I think that when we achieve our goal, we will remember it with a smile – she added.
She admitted that the most difficult for her was learning how to operate a spacecraft that would reach the ISS. “Honestly, it wasn’t easy for me,” she pointed out. – For the first two weeks, I studied it until 4 am every day – she said.
As she revealed, the part of the preparations that gave her the most pleasure was the flight imitating the state of weightlessness. She added that she realizes that zero-gravity in orbit may be completely different than under training conditions, but still looks forward to the first morning in orbit.
“Challenge”. The director is Klim Szypienko
The 38-year-old director Klim Szypienko has made several films known in Russia, including the picture “Tekst” from 2019, the highest-grossing film in the history of Russian cinematography. For him, training before traveling into space was also not easy. “Of course we couldn’t do a lot of things the first time and sometimes even the third time, but that’s normal,” he said.
He added that he is excited to be the first filmmaker in space and wants to use these circumstances to experiment with lighting, camera settings and other technical aspects of filmmaking.
The film will also feature Piotr Dubrow, who is currently visiting the ISS, and Oleg Nowicki, who will play the role of a sick cosmonaut. On October 17, he will take the place of the captain on the Soyuz ship, which will bring the filmmakers to Earth.
“The Challenge” is the fruit of cooperation between the state-owned space agency Roskosmos and the public television station Pervy Kanał.
Main photo source: PAP / EPA / ANDREY SHELEPIN / GCTC / ROSCOSMOS