Ukraine-born writer/director Miroslav Slaboshpitsky, whose Cannes-winning debut “The Tribe” is now in theaters, has received a HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production grant for “Luxembourg,” his neo-noir followup set against the 1986 nuclear disaster of Chernobyl. Set to shoot later this year on-location in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, this terrific-sounding project “tells the story of a policeman who confronts the system, his job and the women in his life – in a city overshadowed by the effects of a nuclear disaster.”
After setting the festival circuit ablaze for over year with “The Tribe,” Slaboshpitsky is fielding the inevitable English-language film offers. But he has been at work on “Luxembourg” for over a year, grabbing grant money from Europe and the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. His own experiences as a crime journalist in the 1980s when the nuclear disaster struck inspired this project, as we learned during a recent interview.
“When you came to the exclusion zone in the Ukraine,” he said, “you’d get a safety lecture, and in this drill they say the territory is the same size as Luxembourg, the European country… I had a very special experience. I know all the people in this place, and how it works. I was flying in a helicopter. I was inside the fourth reactor that exploded but I’m still alive, as you can see.”
“Luxembourg” also participated in CineMart 2015, where it won the Arte International Prize. The film is produced by Garmata Film Production (Ukraine), Tandem Production Germany (Germany), DUOfilm (Norway) and Alpha Violet (France).