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Russia From Above 4K

Duration: 1 x 120' / 5 x 45'

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With unprecedented access, this incredible €3 million natural history movie and series spans over 20 regions of the world’s largest country.

Featuring spectacular scenery including the Manpupuner Pillars rock formation, the never before filmed Stellar Sea Lions Colony and the glaciers of Caucasus. The films cover World Heritage Sites, unseen landscapes and an abundance of indigenous wildlife.

The Movie
This incredible natural history movie filmed in 4K, narrated by John Malkovich and with original score composed and written by the Hollywood based composer Boris Salchow, is a documentary masterpiece. 

Filmed with the most sophisticated aerial cameras in the world using helicopters and the occasional drone footage, this feature length piece is the unprecedented endeavour to explore the length and breadth of the largest country on Earth from a bird’s eye view. 

Telling the stories of a giant country, its people, the wildlife and nature, this 120-minute continuous flight captures stunning images across remote and breathtaking Russian landscapes as they have never been seen before.

The Five Part Series
Russia spans 11 time zones from the Baltic Sea in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east. A colossal landmass stretching from Europe to Asia, from the Polar Sea, to the palm trees of Sochi. 

With polar bears in the north, to saiga antelopes in the southern steppes. A diverse landscape from tundra swamps to Europe's highest peak, Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus.

This series features some of the most spectacular scenery and covers Unesco World Heritage Sites and unseen landscapes as well as an unparalleled insight into an abundance of indigenous wildlife.

Proving to be the biggest overall ratings for a documentary since ratings were recorded in Germany. Broadcast on ZDF and reaching in total, an incredible 30 million viewers.

From the producers (colourFIELD) of the successful documentary series Germany From Above and the multi-award winning wildlife series Migrating Birds, Russia from Above offers another bird’s eye view of the world, this time featuring the largest country on earth.

  • Upper Volga river; Europe’s biggest river by far, the heart and soul of Russia, including Kazan, Nizhny Novogorod.
  • Kamchatka; the volcanic peninsula with its untouched wildlife with the biggest density of brown bears and its salmon rivers. A Unesco World Heritage site.
  • Altay Mountains; the high alpine region marking Russia’s border area with Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan.
  • Caucasus; with Europe’s highest summit Mount Elbrus at an elevation of over 5,600 metres and its 22 glaciers, also named a Unesco World Heritage site, and also Ingushetia’s ever mysterious valley of towers.
  • The Black Sea coast; Russia’s warm riviera with palm-tree-lined resort and Olympic Winter Games site Sotchi.
  • Moscow; with its Unesco World Heritage site of the Red Square and the Kremlin, but also surrounded by the ‘Golden Ring’ towns, such as the picturesque Russian Suzdal, also a Unesco World Heritage site.
  • Putorana Plateau; a fascinating mountainous area in the most remote north of Siberia, cut through by steep valleys and waterfalls. Also a Unesco World Heritage site.
  • Lake Baikal; the deepest lake on the planet, holding more than 20 per cent of the earth’s liquid sweet water, more than all big north-american lakes combined. For half a year Lake Baikal freezes over completely. Even trucks can drive on the ice. A Unesco World Heritage site.
  • Komi Republic; in the Ural Mountains, defining the only imagined borderline between Europa and Asia, boasting the most beautiful primeval forests of the northern hemisphere, nominated also as Unesco World Heritage site, also with the mysterious Manpupuner Pillars rock formation, regarded as one of the ‘Seven wonders of Russia’.
  • Yamal Peninsula; in the Arctic Ocean, with the world’s biggest reindeer herds and also Russia’s biggest gas exploitation site.
  • Chukotka and Wrangel Island; a Unesco World Heritage site again, famous for the worldwide biggest population of polar bears and walruses. At the Bering Strait Chukotka’s most easterly point is only 88 kilometres away from the USA ’s Alaskan coast.
  • Saint Petersburg, Veliky Novgorod and Karelia; again Unesco World Heritage for the palaces along the Newa river and for the historic old town, which is often called the Venice of the north. Nearby Veliky Novgorod is also a Unesco World Heritage site, regarded as the cradle of Russian nation. Nearby Ladoga Lake is Europe’s biggest lake, surrounded by the most beautiful Karelian countryside.
  • The legendary Trans-siberian Railway; passing through all the Siberian landscapes, from the swamps around Siberia’s biggest (and Russia’s third biggest) metropolis Novosibirsk, along Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude, Khabarovsk all the way to Vladivostok at the Pacific Ocean, 5,000 kilometres from the train’s starting point Moscow.
  • Sakha Yakutia’s striking Lena Pillars (a Unesco World Heritagesite) throne majestically over Siberia’s biggest river Lena, close by the diamond mine Internationalja in remote Mirny, and the pole of cold in Ojmiakon, with temperatures that dropped to minus 67,8 degrees celsius.
  • Vladivostok; the terminal of the trans-siberian railway feels like a Russian version of San Francisco. The city is less than 2 flight hours from Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing, but also a direct neighbour of North Korea. The orca whales migrate along the pacific coast from here all the way to Magadan, along Sachalin island.
  • The Volga delta is by far Europe’s biggest river delta, and the most important hot spot for bird life, including pelicans, cranes, whooper swans. The Volga delta is pouring the waters of Russia’s biggest river into the Caspian Sea over about 150 kilometres, surrounded by the steppes and half-deserts of Kalmykia and its wonderful but endangered saiga antelopes.
  • Kaliningrad and the Curonian Spit; again Unesco World Heritage site, former German city of Königsberg, birthplace of German philosopher Immanuel Kant, since the end of WW2 a part of the former Sovjetunion, now an exclave of the Russian Fedaration by the Baltic Sea coast, less than half the distance away from Berlin than from Moscow, with the peculiar lagoon and dune coast of the Curonian Spit.
  • Northern Karelia with the two Unesco World Heritage sites of Kizhy Island and its wooden villages, and famous Solovetsky Island and its monastery and its wildlife. The place where also the original locations for nobleprize-winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s book ‘Archipelago Gulag’ were set.
  • Icebreaker caravans starting off from Archangelsk into the ‘Northern Sea Route’, the harshest shipping route of the planet.

Awards:

Selected as one of C21’s Miptv Picks of 2018.

The Ratings :
ARTE  With a Prime Time transmission the title quadrupled the ratings for the overall slot average
ZDF  Overall the average ratings of the series meant it was highest viewed title in the history of the 35 years of ZDF’s Terra X

A ColourFIELD Co-Production with ZDF, ARTE & Gazprom Media

Russia From Above
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