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Directed by: Aleksandr Buravsky

Produced: 2009

Countries & Regions: United Kingdom

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Certificate: 15

Studio: In 2 Film

Length: 106 mins

Format: DVD

Released: 8 November 2010

Cat No: I2F3219

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Attack on Leningrad

Cast: Gabriel Byrne , Mira Sorvino , Armin Mueller-Stahl , Yevgeni Sidikhin , Aleksandr Abdulov , Vladimir Ilyin , Kirill Lavrov , Olga Sutulova , Mikhail Efremov , Mikhail Trukhin , Alexander Beyer , Aleksandr Filippenko

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War drama starring Mira Sorvino and Gabriel Byrne. At the height of World War II, English journalist Kate Davis (Sorvino) becomes trapped... Read More

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War drama starring Mira Sorvino and Gabriel Byrne. At the height of World War II, English journalist Kate Davis (Sorvino) becomes trapped within the besieged city of Leningrad. Separated from her lover, writer Philip Parker (Byrne), and presumed dead, Kate is rescued by Nina Tsvetkova (Olga Sutulova), a female member of the Leningrad militia. Joining forces with a makeshift band of survivors in the famished city, the two women battle to stay alive throughout the devastating 800-day siege.

Attack on Leningrad is a gritty, unflinching war drama about the notorious siege, which lasted for more than two years and played a pivotal part in World War Two.

Beginning with a barrage of bloodshed that recalls Saving Private Ryan, the film quickly establishes its historical premise: the Nazis will try to break the will of the people by blocking food supplies to the city. In days, Leningrad should be on its knees. Mira Sorvino plays a journalist who's stranded in the city as the blockade begins; Gabriel Byrne is the lover who thinks her dead.

 

The film articulates the human cost of the siege by focusing on one household – a female soldier (Olga Sutulova), an ageing actress, a devoted mother and two young children – along with the woman they shelter, the displaced Sorvino.

 

The big budget allows director Aleksandr Buravsky to paint on a broad canvas, creating a ravishing, appalling, snow-covered Leningrad – its picture perfect winter grandeur an incongruous setting for mass slaughter. The film is also a showcase for the crop-haired Sutulova. She's tremendous as a firm patriot whose humanism gets the better of her.

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