The Balkan Line
|The Balkan Line|
|Directed by||Andrey Volgin|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox CIS|
|Budget||230 million ($3.6 million)|
|Box office||$5.85 million|
The Balkan Line (Russian: Балканский рубеж, Balkanskiy rubezh; Serbian: Балканска међа / Balkanska međa) is a 2019 Russian-Serbian action film directed by Andrey Volgin, dedicated to the secret operation to capture the Slatina Airport in Kosovo after the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. These events have become the most dangerous aggravation of relations between the Russian Federation and the West since the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The film takes place in 1999 during the bombing of Serbia. Slatina airfield is controlled by bandits led by Albanian warlord, Smuk. The film shows the operation to capture the airfield, which is conducted by Russian intelligence officers. Removal of human organs takes place within the territories bandits have taken, as do robberies, mass assassinations and genocide.
Russian intelligence officer Aslan-Bek Evkhoev and former paratrooper turned mercenary Andrey Shatalov head a small detachment tasked with the dangerous mission to stop the terrorism, recapture the airfield used by the bandits and rescue Shatalov's love interest Yasna Blagojevic, who was captured to be harvested for organs, like the rest of the Serbian prisoners.
- Anton Pampushnyy as Andrey Shatalov
- Gosha Kutsenko as Aslan-Bek "Bek" Evkhoev (based on Yunus-bek Yevkurov)
- Miloš Biković as Vuk Majevski
- Milena Radulović as Jasna Blagojevic
- Gojko Mitić as Goran Milic
- Nodari Janelidze as Girey
- Ravshana Kurkova as Vera
- Dmitriy Frid as Dr. Gerhard Shtern
- Aleksandar Srećković as Smuk
- Svetlana Chuykina as Marta
- Miodrag Radonjić as Amir
- Nikola Randelović as Stevan
- Kirill Polukhin as Barmin
- Sergey Marin as Slashchev
- Emir Kusturica as taxi driver (cameo appearance)
The film was released to Russia, Serbia, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Belarus and Kazakhstan on March 21, 2019.
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