Tiana Pongs as Ukrainian sniper in Alexandre Avancini’s new feature movie ‘War and Peace’
Alexandre Avancini and Adam Simon are getting ready for their first feature movie together. The movie is about a group of young men and women waking up peacefully in what appears to be a campground in the middle of the forest. One of the young couples is about to kiss when the boy’s head explodes into a thousand pieces. The woman screams in horror. Only then do we realize that the encamped group is a Ukrainian garrison being brutally attacked by the Russian army. It is a small garrison of Ukrainian drone and sniper operators. Through flashbacks during the battle the audience is going to learn the link of events that lead ordinary woman to engage in Ukrainian army and became snipers.
For example, ANNA played by Tiana Pongs is a former primary school teacher. Her son Anatoly was killed by cowardly Russian soldiers who shot through the car while Anna and her husband Sasha were traveling. Tiana Pongs knew she absolutely wanted to work with director/producer Alexandre Avancini, so when ‘War & Peace’ came along, she jumped at the chance to be a part of this project.
For 35 years director, Alexandre Avancini has made outstanding Brazilian television projects. One of his best-known films is The Ten Commandments which broke all Box Office records in Brazil with 11.2 million tickets sold. The film opened in 1,100 cinemas with 3.2 million advanced ticket sales, beating out Star Wars. In 2018 and 2019 he directed the films “Nothing to Lose” and “Nothing to Lose 2” respectively. The two films together grossed more than $56 million dollars in Brazil alone. “The Ten Commandments”, “ Nothing to Lose” and “Nothing to Lose 2” are available on Netflix. Adam Gregory Simon writer and Co-producer of War and Peace is best known for Man Down, a post-apocalyptic thriller which stars Shia LaBeouf, Kate Mara, and Gary Oldman.
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