Articles & Notes — August 24, 2012 at 10:06 am

Hollywood director busy shooting grandiose war series with leading Russian actors

vadim perelman ashesUkraine born Hollywood director Vadim Perelman is busy in Russia, shooting a 9-episode series titled “Pepel” aka “Ashes” for “Russia” TV-channel.

According to Russian media outlets, the work on the series has been going for several weeks now.

“If they manage to make the film as it was written, it will be a huge success,” Azerbaijani blogger Eduard Baghirov says, who wrote the script.

The TV-series feature such leading Russian actos as Evgeny Mironov, Vladimir Mashkov, Chulpan Khamatova, and Petr Mamonov.

Perelman himself took Hollywood by storm in 2003, directing “House of Sand and Fog”, starring Oscar-winner Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connely.

The film was nominated for 3 Oscars, grabbing 10 more wins, and Perelman himself won an award for “Outstanding Directorial Debut”.

In 2007, Perelman made “The Life Before Her Eyes” with Uma Thurman and Ewan Rachel Wood.

Speaking of “Pepel”, the IMDb has no information on this TV-series, that is currently shooting in Russia’s St. Petersburg.

The story takes place in 1938-1948, and centers on two men, one of whom is a thief called Pepel (Mironov), and the other one is an army captain (Mashkov), who is running away from repressions in the Red Army.

They accidentally meet on the train, where due to unexpected circumstances, they exchange identities, and continue their lives as completely different, new men.

Producers of the series seem to have big hopes for “Pepel”, as it has a very solid cast, and a great director who has been working abroad for a long time.

This reportedly is the first TV-series work for Perelman in Russia, who has mostly worked in the U.S. before.

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