DUBAI: Russian director and producer Alexey Uchitel’s production house Rock Films dropped the first teaser of upcoming Syrian war drama “Palmyra” this week.
Directed by Andrei Kravchuk, the film, which is currently in post-production and slated for a 2022 release, tells the story of a Syrian Explosive Ordnance Disposal team tasked with clearing the ancient city of explosives left behind by Daesh militants, ahead of a concert held by the orchestra of Maestro Valery Gergiev in the historic site of Palmyra.
“Everybody has heard of the shocking destruction in the Syrian city of Palmyra that was one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world,” said Uchitel to Variety.
“It was part of (Daesh’s) ongoing campaign against archaeology. Leaving the city, the military group left numerous hidden explosives, and the protagonists of our story are there to clear the site, step by step, risking their lives,” he added.
The film was initially to be shot in Syria, but upon visiting the war-torn country, Uchitel decided to proceed with filming in the Crimea.
However, according to the director, stills of the landscape in Palmyra will be included in the film.