«Provincial»: About the scale of the set,  the script and the ensemble of actors

25 July 2021
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In Kiev, the shooting of the action-packed vertical detective series «Provincial» continues.

The picture tells about the work of a special investigation department, to which a young captain Nikolai Semashko is transferred.

In the city police department, the main character, whose role will be played by a famous theater and cinema actor Alexei Morozov, is awaited by new professional challenges, associated not only with confronting the criminal world, but also with team adaptation. After all, for some negligent employees, the acumen, ambition and integrity of their colleagues from the province are completely inappropriate, and destroy their aspirations for unlawful promotion.

Thus, in close conjunction with them works сaptain Elistratov, in the image of whom the audience will see the eminent artist Oscar Kuchera. The question of personal benefit for this character is always in the first place. Therefore, in order to eliminate a competitor and take over the investigation team from major Kudyma, whose role will be played by the famous actor of theater and cinema Dmitry Shevchenko, he is ready to make a deal with his conscience and by any means «cast out» the newly-made colleague from the department.

However, there are those who will become not just partners, but also real comrades for Semashko.

Together with Captain Barkash, in whose character the popular actor Alexander Pashkov will appear, and the shrewd IT specialist Gelfer played by Anatol von Filandra, they will have to overcome a difficult path in the struggle for justice. Faced with betrayal, getting into troubles and sometimes risking their own lives.

According to the creators of the picture, the plot of each story, unfolding from episode to episode, will not leave even the most demanding viewer indifferent. The script by George Conn is distinguished not only by the dynamism inherent in the detective genre, but also by the atypical interweaving of storylines.

«The script is very good. I was especially impressed by the final six episodes – from the 19th to the 24th. The stories were so interesting that I read them in one breath…», – shares her impressions the assistant makeup artist Marina Nizhnik.

In addition to the detective line, as is noted on site, the picture is also not devoid of ironic episodes.

«There are funny moments that make us happy during the filming process and I think they will also fascinate the audience», says costume designer Tatyana Zubareva.

The red line in the script is also the romantic story of the protagonist and his girlfriend Svetlana, in whose role the audience will see the actress Yulia Yurchenko.

After the transfer of Semashko to service in the city department, a discord begins in their relations. She tries in every possible way to convince her beloved to return to his native village, but all her attempts are in vain.

A new colleague of the former provincial district police officer – senior lieutenant Starobilskaya, whose role will be played by Vladislava Verevko, adds fuel to the fire.

The girl does not hide her sympathy for Captain Semashko, and this becomes another reason for discord between him and Svetlana.

Specially for the filming of the series «Provincial», the set was built to resemble a police station in the pavilions of the Kyivtelefilm Film Company. The process of its construction was very time-consuming. In total, the art shop had to recreate about ten offices for all law enforcement officer characters.

«The most large-scale construction of this project is the police station. We had to completely disassemble the pavilion and build the set from scratch… We have five main offices for employees of the department, including the general, and there is also an archive, an interrogation room, an armory and two holding cells», says the production designer of the picture Alexander Ukolov.

According to him, at project’s preparation stage, it was important to take all the details into account, including color solutions, lighting issues and even the quadrature of the premises – in order to create the atmosphere as close as possible to the reality in the frame, and to maintain all the technical parameters of production.


We will remind you that the shooting of the detective 24-episode series «Provincial» started in April and will last until August of this year.  The premiere is scheduled for fall 2021.

More details about the filming process can also be read in the material: «Shootouts, chases and fights: Kievtelefilm continues shooting the series «Provincial».




Episode 24

Crime melodrama

Year 2021


Screenwriter: George Konn

Director: Sergey Shcherbin

Director of photography: Anton Verbin

Production designer: Alexander Ukolov

Costume designer: Tatyana Zubareva

Make-up artist: Irina Boytsova

Director of the film crew: Artem Suliga

Executive Producer: Pavel Karvan

General producer: Valentin Opalev

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