ESCAPE INTO THE SKY

MAJOR FILM - as PROD

Drama - Pre-Production 2011

In February 1945 a group of prisoners made an amazing escape from one of the most secret places of Nazi Germany-from the island of Usedom. Behind them flew the German pilot, but he did not shoot the fugitives. After 50 years of this escape filmed a documentary, then met two pilots-Soviet and German.

    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Drama, Historical
    • Countries
    • RUSSIA, GERMANY
    • Languages
    • RUSSIAN, GERMAN
    • Budget
    • 5 - 10 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Writer(s)
    • Alexander RODIONOV
    • Producer(s)
    • Denis Filyukov (Major Film)
    • Synopsis
    • Film "Escape into the sky. Devyataev" is an exciting adventure based on fact story. On 8 February
      1945 a group of Soviet army prisoners consisted of 10 persons captured the German bomber
      Heinkel He 111 H-22 and escaped on it from the island. Devyataev piloted it. The Germans sent
      the fighter plane in pursuit of the bomber, but it couldn’t find them. The plane was detected by the
      fighter plane of Luftwaffe pilot Helmut Berngardt returning after the mission, but he didn’t execute
      the order of the German command to “shoot down the lonely Heinkel”.
      Question: “Why didn’t Helmut Berngardt down the bomber piloted by the prisoners?” – remained
      without an answer…
      And maybe, finally the authors of the film will be able to reveal what happened between Mikhail
      Devyataev and Helmut Berngardt in the sky in February, 1945.
      The main hero - Devyataev - goes through three German concentration camps. It’s a terrible ordeal
      for a one man. In the camps Devyataev, as well as his fellow inmates see and experience terrible
      things. Here, like in the purgatory, everyone has to know oneself: either to find point of support,
      become stronger and survive, or to give up and die. Devyataev tried to escape for the first time
      in August 1944, but it was unsuccessful attempt. The escapee was caught, declared a prisoner
      sentenced to death. But soon he was sent to the island of Usedom where engineering of the Third
      Reich’s new weapon – V-1 cruise missiles and V-2 ballistic missiles – was carried out in the
      Peenemünde missile center.
      Antiwar theme sets the tone of the whole narration in the film. All wars unleashed by
      every “Hitlers” in the name of their own goals are in fact anti-humane. “Hitlers” send armies to
      fight, seeing only murder machines in them.
      We show through the images of Helmut Berngardt and Devyataev that ordinary alive people, with
      hearts and souls, whether the Germans or the Russians, are sent to fight. And at a certain moment
      they understand that nothing justifies the war between them.
    • Partners & financing
    • The project has a 1.5 millions US$.
    • Production schedule
    • 08.2010 - 09.2011 pre-production
      10.2011 - 12.2011 production
      01.2012 - 05.2012 post-production
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Oct 01, 2011
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