MALTA: After filming among the most beautiful places in the Maltese Islands, including underwater scenes since 30 September, Konstantin Buslov's film The Divers wrapped shooting on 28 October. The Malta based Film Corporation Ltd provided services throughout the whole month of shooting.
Svetlana Khodchenkova, Konstantin Khabensky and Denis Shvedov play the leading roles. Svetlana Khodchenkova has just finished a starring role as The Viper in James Mangold’s The Wolverine. She was also one of the stars of Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy where Khabensky also appeared. In The Divers she plays a woman who has to choose between two men. International audiences will also remember Khabensky from Timur Bekmambetov’s Night Watch. The cast also includes Maltese actors Jimi Busuttill, David Rizzo, Clint Grech and John Suda.
Russian scriptwriter Denis Rodimin, known for scripting a string of hits including the cult film Boomer, wrote the script for The Divers. The story is a treasure hunt combined with intriguing relationships between the main characters – two men and one beautiful woman. The story also has elements of Maltese history.
Sergey Melkumov, Alexander Rodnyansky and Natalia Gorina are producing through Non-Stop Production and Twin Media. The Director of Photography was Sergey Machilsky one of Russia’s top DoPs with Svoi and hit TV mini-series The White Guard among his many credits.
Buslov also took his crew and actors underwater to heighten the tension of the adventure. The Russian helmer is making the best use of Malta’s clean sea water which offers perfect lighting conditions up to several metres beneath the surface.
Underwater Director of Photography Evgeny Tomashov was responsible for capturing the beauty of the Maltese seascape, as Film Corporation Ltd specialises in underwater filming. The Maltese team of professionals includes Art Director Charlo Dalli, Casting Director Mavis Formosa and location manager Annamaria Grima.
Shooting took place in more than 20 different locations throughout Malta, including scenic views of the capital city of Valletta (at the National Library and Grandmaster’s Palace), St. Thomas Bay, Marsaxlokk and Birgu. The premiere is set for mid-2014.
Film Corporation is one of Europe’s top location services and underwater shooting specialists. The company recently added a 2m EUR underwater submarine to its arsenal of underwater capabilities making it one of the best equiped in Europe for underwater film production.
Film Corporation Ltd
Phone: +356 2137 4547
113 Kappara Business Center
San Gwann SGN 9041, Malta
Director: Konstantin Buslov
Script: Denis Rodimin
DoP: Sergey Machilskiy
Cast: Konstantin Khabensky, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Denis Shvedov, Jimmyy Busuttill, David Rizzo, Clint Grech, John Suda