Cyborgs: Heroes Never Die
|Cyborgs: Heroes Never Die|
|Directed by||Akhtem Seitablayev|
|Produced by||Ivanna Dadyura|
|Written by||Natalya Vorozhbyt|
Production and release
Half of the film's US$1.8 million budget was financed by the Ukrainian government, and significant help was provided by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence and the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The first official teaser trailer for the movie was released on 15 August 2017.
The film depicts the wartime lives of five Ukrainian brothers in arms fighting for control of Donetsk International Airport. The five men represent various social strata, professions, and beliefs for which they are willing to kill and prepared to die.
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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty commented about the movie: While clearly meant to drum up support for the war effort, Cyborgs isn't entirely propagandistic, containing more nuanced scenes than one might expect, and Russian is spoken nearly as much as Ukrainian throughout the film.
The movie secured the top spot at the (Ukrainian) Box Office (earning $302,000 USD) in its opening week.
- Art Of War: Ukraine Explores Donbas Conflict On Screen, In Books, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (7 December 2017)
- Yuliya Tunik (15 December 2017). "Director Akhtem Seitablayev: Yes, the film "Cyborgs" is a propaganda. Propaganda of common sense and taste". Glavcom (in Ukrainian).
- Ukraine's Cyborgs about defenders of Donetsk airport wins the box office in 1st weekend (Trailer), UNIAN (12 December 2017)
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