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Russian productions head for Estonia

Martin Aadamsoo 2009-06-15
Shooting has begun on the reportedly $4 million budgeted Russian fantasy-thriller Quarantine in Tallinn -- the latest in a spate of Russian films being produced in Estonia.

The film is directed by Yekaterina Grohovskaja and features the Russian star actress Renata Litvinova. Co-produced in Estonia by Kris Taska of Taska Productions ( and Juhan Saul Gross, the film is already the third Russian production shooting in Estonia this year.

The film set was built entirely within a former Sovet military factory hangar with 6,500 sq.m floor space and 26 meters of height, adjusted ad hoc for the shoot. Taska estimates that a quarter of the film's budget is being spent in Estonia.

The same producer duo had previously helped service two other Russian productions in Tallinn, the horror pic Phobos ( by Oleg Asadulin and a popular slapstick comedy set in Amsterdam. The recent wave of incoming Russian productions to Estonia is variously attributed to personal connections (Gross graduated from the All-Russian State University of Cinematograhpy, VGIK, in Moscow), Estonia's proximity to Russia, locals' command of Russian language and transparent business environment.