Kievan Rus, late 10th century. After the death of his father, Svyatoslav I, ruler of Kievan Rus, the young Viking prince Vladimir of Novgorod (Danila Kozlovsky) is forced into exile across the frozen sea to escape his treacherous half-brother Yaropolk (Aleksandr Ustyugov), who has murdered his other brother Oleg (Kirill Pletnyov) and conquered the Viking territory of Kievan Rus. The old warrior Sveneld (Maksim Sukhanov) convinces Vladimir to assemble a Varangian armada, hoping to reconquer Novgorod from Yaropolk and ultimately face the mighty Byzantine forces. Written by
The Pecheneg language, an extinct Turkic language once spoken in Eastern Europe in the 7th-12th centuries, was "re-invented" for the movie. See more »
It is mentioned that the marriage between Anna and the German Emperor, in this case Emperor Otto III of the Holy Roman Empire, was refused. But in real life she actually was promised. It was taken away from him by Czar Vladimir I of Kiev during the bloody fight for the Christian believe around Korsun'. See more »
This is an excellent movie. The story of the Kievan Russ, the Pagan Slavic cultural heritage, their links to the Vikings ; and their conflict with the nomandic horselords and influence of the Byzantine Empire. All covered in details.
Only stupid people and trolls would rate this movie badly.
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