Russia is great, but there is nowhere to retreat - Moscow is behind.
On July 16, the Germans entered Smolensk. Novgorod was occupied on August 15. On September 8, the Nazis took Leningrad into the ring. On September 30, the battle of Moscow began, which lasted more than 7 months. The 316th Rifle Division under the command of General Panfilov held the defenses in the Volokolamsk direction ....
In mid-November, a handful of soldiers left over from the almost destroyed 4th company of the 2nd battalion of the 1075th rifle regiment, with the help of only light weapons, at the Dubosekovo junction managed to hold back the advance of the German column, destroy 18 enemy tanks and defend Moscow.
The story of the incredible courage and resilience of 28 ordinary soldiers is known to every schoolchild and has forever become a symbol of real heroism and feat in the name of the Motherland.
USSR, Late November, 1941. Based on the account by reporter Vasiliy Koroteev that appeared in the Red Army's newspaper, Krasnaya Zvezda, shortly after the battle, this is the story of Panifilov's Twenty-Eight, a group of twenty-eight soldiers of the Red Army's 316th Rifle Division, under the command of General Ivan Panfilov, that stopped the advance on Moscow of a column of fifty-four Nazi tanks of the 11th Panzer Division for several days. Though armed only with standard issue Mosin-Nagant infantry rifles and DP and PM-M1910 machine guns, all useless against tanks, and with wholly inadequate RPG-40 anti-tank grenades and PTRD-41 anti-tank rifles, they fight tirelessly and defiantly, with uncommon bravery and unwavering dedication, to protect Moscow and their Motherland.
A feature film by Andrei Shaliopa and Kim Druzhinin, dedicated to the legendary feat of Soviet soldiers of the 316th rifle division under the command of General Panfilov. A handful of soldiers heroically defended themselves at the Dubosekovo junction and repelled the attack of German tanks that were approaching Moscow in November 1941. It was then that the phrase sounded, known to each of us from childhood and which became one of the main symbols of the resilience and courage of Soviet soldiers: "Russia is great, but there is nowhere to retreat - Moscow is behind."
The film received a unique status of “people's cinema” - the project was carried out primarily thanks to crowdfunding and enthusiastic support from fans. Having collected more than 34 million rubles of private donations, the film has become one of the most successful crowdfunding projects in Russian cinema. The Russian company Gaijin Entertainment, the developer of the online war game War Thunder, took an active part in the making of the film. The film also received support from the Ministry of Culture of Russia and Kazakhfilm.
Filming began in October 2013 at the Lenfilm studio and continued in 2014-2015.
Scriptwriter - Andrei Shalyopa Stage director - Kim Druzhinin
Producers - Andrei Shaliopa and Anton Yudintsev
Оператор-постановщик – Никита Рождественский
Яков Кучеревский, Александр Устюгов, Алексей Морозов, Алексей Лонгин, Азамат Нигманов, Дмитрий Гирев и другие
Apart from its crowdfunding budget, Panfilov’s 28 Men was produced with backing from the culture ministries of Russia and Kazakhstan. Russian culture minister Vladimir Medinsky praised the planned release of the film, telling the upper chamber of Russia's parliament that the production reflected the country's interest in patriotic films. Referencing criticism over the historical accuracy of the Soviet legend that formed the basis of the movie, he stated that the story is "a sacred legend that shouldn't be interfered with. People that do that are filthy scum. _