Russia sent director and actress to shoot film on the ISS

 It is an unusual crew that disembarked this Tuesday aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The Russian cosmonaut trio had a director and actress who came to shoot the first film in space, The New York Times reported on October 5. A new arc in the Russian-American space rivalry.

Indeed, the Russian mission was designed to precede a Hollywood project announced this year by actor Tom Cruise, with NASA and Elon Musk. The Russian crew took off aboard a Soyuz MS-19 rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Accompanied by veteran cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, actress Yulia Peressild, 37, and director Klim Chipenko, 38, arrived on the ISS at 12:22 p.m. The challenge is to shoot the space footage of a film called Vyzov ("The Challenge" in Russian) in twelve days. 

At a press conference on Monday, the director and actress spoke about this extraordinary shoot. Klim Chipenko estimated that this first feature film in space will have the value of an “ experience ”. The director will have to take care of the camera, make-up and even lighting during the twelve days. “ I have no one to turn to for advice. I have no cameraman to ask how to film in the light of the window, ”he said during the conference. The actress and the director have, for the shooting, undergone an accelerated training to learn to support the acceleration of the takeoff and the life in weightlessness.

The feature film will feature a female doctor sent into space to save the life of an injured cosmonaut. A film which also aims to restore the image of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, after several scandals of corruption, serial failures and fierce competition from SpaceX and NASA. 

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