Well-known Russian Armenian filmmaker Ruben Dishdishyan, founder of the largest Russian film company, Central Partnership, is preparing to shoot a big-budget action-drama, The Story of One Earthquake, about the tragic events that took place in Armenia in 1988, the Film Journal International reports.
“We plan to begin shooting in the spring of 2015 in Armenia, where we received support from the government, the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Emergency Situations and First public television,” Dishdishyan said.
“The cast of the film will be a multinational: Casting will take place in France and other European countries, the former Soviet Union, including Georgia and Ukraine. We are currently negotiating with Vladimir Mashkov [ Behind Enemy Lines, Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol], who could play a lead role.”
It is expected that the film’s budget will be US$5 million. The production will have the support of the foundation started by the French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour, “Aznavour for Armenia.”
Interestingly, this is actually the first disaster movie in the history of Russian cinema. Previously, filmmakers didn’t tackle them due to the lack of technology and lack of money, and the complete absence of any experience in this area.