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Prince Vladimir

Release poster
Directed by Yuriy Kulakov
Produced by Andrey Dobrunov
Written by Andrey Dobrunov
Yuriy Batanin
Yuriy Kulakov
Starring Yuri Berkun
Irina Bezrukova
Sergei Bezrukov
Olga Churayeva
Vladimir Gostyukhin
Music by Sergei Starostin
Ighor Zhuravlev (songs)
Alexander Pinegin (songs)
Andrei Usachev (songs)
Cinematography Mariya Erohina
Editing by Sergei Minakin
Distributed by CASCADE-FILM (in CIS and Baltic countries)
Released February 22, 2006 (Russia)
Running time 78 min
Country Russia
Language Russian
Budget $5,000,000
Followed by Prince Vladimir - The Feat (2008)
IMDb profile

Prince Vladimir (Russian: Кня́зь Влади́мир, Knyaz Vladimir), or Prince Vladimir - Part One: The Choice is a 2006 Russian traditionally-animated feature film based on the story of Prince Vladimir, a historically important figure who converted Kievan Rus' (a predecessor state of Russia) to Christianity a thousand years ago. The film was blessed by Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexius II in 1998, and in 2000 was granted the status of a national film and given government support. It is the highest-grossing Russian animated film ever made, taking in over five million dollars since its release, and is the second highest-grossing animated film within the territory of the former USSR, behind Madagascar. [1] Dr. Sergei Anatolyevich Starostin (b. ... Headquarters Minsk, Belarus Member states 11 member states 1 associate member Working language Russian Executive Secretary Vladimir Rushailo Formation December 21, 1991 Official website http://cis. ... The Baltic Sea The terms Baltic countries, Baltic Sea countries, Baltic states, and Balticum refer to slightly different combinations of countries in the general area surrounding the Baltic Sea. ... February 22 is the 53rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2006. ... Traditional animation, sometimes also called cel animation or hand-drawn animation, is the oldest and historically the most popular form of animation. ... 12 frames per second is the typical rate for an animated cartoon. ... A reel of film, which predates digital cinematography. ... Detail of the Millenium of Russia monument in Novgorod (1862) representing St Vladimir and his family. ... Map of the the extent of Kievan Rus through the 11th century. ... A predecessor state is an established state in international law that is succeeded by a new state or states. ... Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as recounted in the New Testament. ... Alexius II with Vladimir Putin Patriarch Alexius II (born February 23, 1929) is the current Patriarch of Moscow and the spiritual leader of the Russian Orthodox Church. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... This article is about the year 2000. ...

Contents


Plot

Boyan, a character from the film
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Boyan, a character from the film

The plot follows the events surrounding Vladimir from childhood and into adulthood.

In the beginning of the film, being under the influence of the high priest Krivzha, the Prince is a young, impulsive and cruel pagan. Fighting for the supreme power, Vladimir wins a battle that kills his brother. Regretting what he has done, Vladimir does not suspect a conspiracy between the priest and the Pechenegs. Vladimir is concerned about gathering the Slavic tribes into one united state. Solving this major task, he faces obstacles, which Vladimir overcomes in the end, defeating Krivzha and winning the battle against Kury, a Pecheneg chief. The Pechenegs or Patzinaks (in Hungarian: Besenyők, Russian: Печенеги, Ukrainian: Печеніги ) were a semi-nomadic people of the Central Asian steppes speaking a Turkic language. ...

Background

This is the first film to focus on the story of Prince Vladimir.


Production started in 1997 - research into the customs of the time period as well as character design took place. The first presentation of Prince Vladimir took place on April 17, 2000, at the Russian Cultural Fund. The first official presentation took place on February 3rd, 2006, for the press. 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ...


A sequel, Prince Vladimir - The Feat is scheduled for release in 2008. 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Characters

  • Prince Vladimir

Grandson of the legendary princess Olga and son of great commander Svyatoslav.

  • Krivzha

Krivzha, a priest and wizard, pontificates on behalf of Perun, Prince Vladimir's prime martial god, but in fact just skillfully shelters himself behind this, only wishing absolute power. There is gossip that he did bad things while in the guise of a bear, but those who saw him in this guise have gone missing.

  • Aleksha

An inquisitive and clever boy. Having lost his parents, he has been fostered by his grandfather.

  • Kurya

A Pecheneg Prince. Used to be at enmity with Prince Svyatoslav, Vladimir's father. Since then, he has been a cruel and imperious leader of half-wild steppe tribe, planning and doing everything to invade Russian lands and harry Kiev.

  • Boyan

A kind and honorable old man. "The wood grandsire" - he is a part of the nature in which he lives. A fair pagan, talks with living trees and worship them. His staff is a home for bees, which tell him about all the news of the wood. Boyan is a personification of ancient Slavic wisdom, open-mindedness and patience.

  • Dobrynya

A waywode, Prince Vladimir's uncle and his tender tutor. Harsh and straightforward. A warrior of tremendous power, sophisticated, whole-hearted in his devotion to the young Prince. Heads the Slavic troops.

  • Olaf the Red-haired

A centurion. Used to be a waywode of Norwegian sea-king Harald the Blue Teeth's troops. Disagreed about carving-up the spoils of war, left the sea-king and now swears to serve young Prince Vladimir. A brave and cruel warrior.

  • Hoten and Kostyanin

Brothers, Boyan's sons. Both are giants. Always together, and always searching for places where they can boast of their bravery.

  • Olga

Waywode Dobrynya's daughter. Grew up without a mother, a playful and lively girl.

  • Giyar

A son of Pecheneg Prince Kuri. A petty proudling, Alexei's everlasting rival.

  • Anastasius

An adviser of the Byzantine Emperor.

  • Byzantine Emperor

A wise politician, who sees in Russia not a rival or enemy but a possible ally, a defendant of orthodox Christians from eastern barbarians.

  • Anna

A Byzantine Czarevna and beauty. A sister of Byzantine emperors Basil and Constantine. Clever and proud-hearted.

  • Yaropolk

Vladimir's elder brother and by the will of Heaven – an obstacle on his way to the power.


Voice cast

Actor Role(s)
Yuriy Berkun Kurya
Irina Bezrukova Anna
Sergei Bezrukov Prince Vladimir
Olga Churayeva Olga
Vladimir Gostyukhin Olaf the Red-Haired
Sasha Kostrichkin Aleksey
Vasiliy Lanovoy The Byzantine Emperor
Dmitriy Nazarov Dorbinya
Aleksandr Pinegin Boyan
Kolya Rastorguev Prince Giyar
Nikolai Rastorguev Ml. Giyar
Rogvold Sukhoverko Krivzha
Olga Zhuravlyova Olga

Detail of the Millenium of Russia monument in Novgorod (1862) representing St Vladimir and his family. ...

See also

The history of Russian animation is a very rich, but so far nearly unexplored field for Western film theory and history. ... This is a list of animated feature films from around the world organised chronologically by year, theatrical releases as well as made-for-TV and direct-to-video movies. ...

External links

  • Official website (English version)
  • Knyaz Vladimir at The Internet Movie Database
  • An informative St. Petersburg Times article about the production and the future of Russian animation

 
 

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