‘The Problem’: Russia releases trailer for first feature-length film filmed in area

Yulia Peresild, Anton Shkaplerov and Klim Shipenko pose for a portrait.


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The space race has expanded to new frontiers in recent years, moving into business, tourism … and now cinema.

Russian film makers on Tuesday released a trailer for “The Challenge,” which became the first ever feature film to be shot in space in 2021.

The trailer outlines the movie’s plot: A surgeon, Zhenya, played by Russian actress Yulia Peresild, has to perform heart surgery on a sick cosmonaut in space because he is unable to return to Earth for treatment. The patient is portrayed by real-life cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy.

Produced by the Yellow, Black and White studio and Channel One Russia – a state-controlled TV station – alongside the country’s…