Storm on Brest Fortress

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German title Storm on Brest Fortress
Original title Брестская крепость
(Brestskaya krepost)
Country of production Russian Federation
original language Russian
Publishing year 2010
length 140 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Alexander Kott
script Vladimir Yerjomin
Alexei Dudarew
Yekaterina Tirdatova
production Igor Ugolnikow
Ruben Dischdischjan
Vladimir Sametalin
music Yuri Krassavin
camera Vladimir Bashta

Assault on Brest Fortress ( Russian Брестская крепость , in German Brest Fortress ) is a war film about the time of the Second World War. Its plot is largely taken from the documentary book of the same name by Sergei Smirnow . The first performance was on June 22, 2010 in Belarus . On November 4, 2010 it started in Russia .


The plot of the film shows the first five days after the German attack on the Soviet Union in 1941 and the defense of the Brest fortress .

The Kishevatovs on the last day of peace
The war has broken out:
Lieutenant Kishevatov in action

On the last day before the war, June 21, 1941, Regimental Commissar Fomin tried to get a train ticket to Latvia in order to take his family to Brest , where he is now on duty. Major Gavrilov has a party commission on his neck because he speaks openly about the possible German attack. The commanding officer of the 9th Border Guard , which is located on the grounds of the Brest Fortress , Lieutenant Andrei Kischewatow , spends Saturday with his family: his mother, wife and three children. Oberpolitruk Potschernikow buys beer for himself and mineral water for the children in the military shop - he wants to enjoy the coming Sunday. The young pupil of the music train Sascha Akimow is looking forward to his morning fishing with his girlfriend Anja Kischewatowa. While they are fishing, the German attack on the Soviet Union begins . Artillery fire to capture the fortress began at 3:58 a.m. on June 22, 1941. At first, nobody in the fortress understands what it's about. You think they're maneuvers. Shortly thereafter, panic breaks out. Fomin, Kischewatow and Gavrilow rush to their units and take over the defense. Both of Pochernikov's children died when the fire was first shot. He himself is badly wounded. Together with his wife he organized the defense in the officers' houses. The infinitely long day begins.


The film made it into the top 250 on the Russian cinema website Kinopoisk ( Russian Кинопоиск ).


  • Almost all film characters represent real people. The young Sascha Akimow is a fictional character, but there were a few orphan boys on the music train before the outbreak of war.
  • The film motto “I'm dying, but I'm not surrendering!” Reproduces one of the inscriptions that an unknown fortress defender is said to have left on July 20, 1941.
  • The scene in which Lieutenant Andrei Kishevatov urges his wife to be taken prisoner with other women and children is a verbatim quote from the similar scene from the Soviet film about the battles for the Brest Fortress, The Immortal Garrison ( Russian Бессмертный гарнизон ).
  • The film was shot directly in the Brest fortress. The film plot should be based on what actually happened on site.

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