The Stronghold (film)

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The Stronghold
Directed byYuriy Kovalyov
Produced byYehor Olesov
Yuriy Prylypko
Written byOlexander Dermanskyi
Yaroslav Voytseshek
Based onThe Stronghold (Сторожова застава)
by Volodymyr Rutkivskyi
StarringDanylo Kamenskyi
Yeva Kosheva
Roman Lutskyi
Oleh Voloshchenko
Heorhiy Derevianskyi
Oleksandr Komarov
Stanislava Krasovska
Nataliya Sumska
CinematographyYuriy Korol
Distributed byUFD [uk]
Release date
12 October 2017 (2017-10-12)
Running time
100 minutes
LanguageUkrainian (dubbing)
Russian (dubbing)

The Stronghold (Ukrainian: «Сторожова́ заста́ва», "Storozhova zastava") is a Ukrainian adventure/fantasy film based on the eponymous book by Volodymyr Rutkivskyi and directed by Yuriy Kovalyov. The premiere in Ukraine is planned for the fall of 2017. The film is about Victor, a present-day schoolboy, who goes a thousand years into the past.


  • Danylo Kamenskyi as Viktor
  • Yeva Kosheva as Olenka
  • Roman Lutskyi as Oleshko
  • Oleh Voloshchenko as Illya
  • Oleksandr Komarov as Dobrynya
  • Heorhiy Derevianskyi as Old man Ovsiy
  • Stanislava Krasovska as Rosanka
  • Nataliya Sumska as Mylanka
  • Yerzhan Nurymbet as Andak
  • Yerbolat Tohuzakov as Shaman
  • Ivan Denysenko as Tugarin


The Stronghold is a debut full-length feature film by director Yuriy Kovalyov.[1]

The book of the same name by Volodymyr Rutkivskyi was adapted into a screenplay by Sashko Dermanskyi and Yaroslav Voitseshek.[2] Costume designer Antonina Belinska said that it had taken her one month to create costume sketches. "We have done painstaking work studying historical sources and consulted both with historians and reenactors quite widely. After that, we added some details to enhance the image and features, and based on all of that we created our characters' costumes", added Ms. Belinska.[2]

The film shoot began in November 2015 on the Olexa Dovbush Cliffs in the Carpathians, in Korostyshiv open pit, Teterivskyi Kish (Teteriv Warcamp) ecospace and in Bucha, as well as on the film set with the massive scenery of the Stronghold itself built specially for the production.[2] The filming continued in spring 2016.

It was an acting debut both for Danylo Kamenskyi and Yeva Kosheva starring in the film.[3]

The film's budget is 40 million hryvnias.[3]

Post-production, СGI and VFX have been done by a Ukrainian studio Postmodern.[4]


February 2015: film rental usage rights sold to France during the European Film Market at Berlin International Film Festival.[5] March 2016: The Stronghold film was sold for screening distribution on the territory of India, Vietnam and Malaysia during the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART).[6]

March 29, 2016: the presentation of The Stronghold and the first press-conference of the authors and the cast took place at the studio where the official film teaser was presented. Also, the release date and the distributor in Ukraine were announced.[7]

The TV premiere will be aired on Novyi Kanal[7] in 14 April 2018.


  1. ^ Таисия Бахарева (November 24, 2015). "Актер Роман Луцкий: "Наконец-то из сундуков истории достают наших национальных героев"" (in Russian). Archived from the original on March 20, 2016. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Олександра Васильєва (23 November 2015). "Школяр Вітя через портал часу потрапить в Київську Русь - зйомки фільму про українських супергероїв "Сторожова застава"". «Газета по-українськи». Archived from the original on 20 March 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b Екатерина Скрипникова (29 March 2016). "Переместиться на 1000 лет назад: как снимают первое украинское фэнтези «Сторожевая застава» (Фото)" (in Russian). «Дуся». Archived from the original on 30 March 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Тривають зйомки фільму про перших українських супергероїв". 23 November 2015. Archived from the original on 20 March 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  5. ^ " на "Берлинале" заключил сделки с Израилем, Францией и Южной Кореей" (in Russian). «Телекритика». February 23, 2015. Archived from the original on February 24, 2016. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  6. ^ "Українське фентезі "Сторожова застава" побачать в Індії, В'єтнамі та Малайзії". «Детектор медіа». March 16, 2016. Archived from the original on March 18, 2016. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "На презентації Сторожової застави сталася бійка". «Novyi Kanal». March 29, 2016. Archived from the original on March 30, 2016. Retrieved March 29, 2016.