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Synopsis

It’s 1941. The setting: the rural town of Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

A daring 18-year old Russian female fighter pilot, LILIA ZVANTSEVA, her dashing squad leader, VLADIMIR SERGIN, mid 20’s, and a decorated American flying hero, GREGORY MORTON, 30, become parties to a top secret mission: train Russia’s best pilots to fly America’s most advanced fighter plane, the P-39.

Improbably, during the intense 10-day training session, Lilia, loved deeply by Sergin, falls in love with Morton, a man from an entirely different world. As the training concludes, Lilia and Sergin return to the front.

The Morton-Lilia relationship quickly unravels for all the wrong reasons: State deception, human error, and the incessant prodding of her two best friends, ARINA BUDINA and OLGA SPIRKINA, both mid 20’s.

Eventually, Lilia succumbs to Sergin’s continued advances. They marry in a touching battlefield ceremony.

Lilia’s happiness is short-lived as tragedies mount. She is wounded several times, and helplessly witnesses Arina and her new husband Vladimir Sergin perish in from of her eyes.

In the mist of tragedy, Morton makes a surprise appearance in Siberia where Lilia is recuperating. They pledge to be one forever.

The reunion is cut short. Lilia must return to battle, where she makes a rare mistake in the skies, which drives her to the tragic end. Her plane is on fire and crashes. Deadly wounded Lilia passes away in Morton’s arms.

The story comes to an end with joyous dream sequence that depicts life as it might have been after the Nazi nightmare, in which the moviegoer is left to wonder which man Lilia might have chosen.

Книга М.Г.Криши, вдохновившая авторов на написания сценария, описывает реальные события из жизни Лидии Литвяк, знаменитой лётчицы, ставшей первой женщиной-истребителем в мире. Внезапное вторжение Гитлера через Восточный фронт уничтожило 80 процентов российских военно-воздушных сил. Америка взялась в кратчайшие сроки построить тысячи смертоносных самолётов П-39 и, согласно союзному договору с СССР, подготовить ряд элитных советских эскадрилий к их пилотированию. Во время Второй мировой войны Лидия совершила 268 боевых вылетов, в одиночку уничтожив 15 вражеских самолётов – достижение, которое до сих пор не было никем превзойдено. Она погибла в 1943 году в возрасте 21 года. 47 лет спустя, в 1990 году, Президент СССР Михаил Горбачёв посмертно наградил Лидию Литвяк высшей степенью отличия – званием «Герой Советского Союза».

Сценарий «АС 44» рассказывает драматическую историю, происходящую во время Второй мировой войны. На фоне героических военных событий разворачивается настоящая любовная драма, необычный любовный треугольник.

Три героя вовлечены в эту драму: восемнадцатилетняя советская лётчица из Москвы, лейтенант Лилия Званцева, командир её эскадрильи, сибиряк, знаменитый лётчик-ас Владимир Сергин и американский лётчик, майор Грэгори Мортон из Пенсильвании, с которым Лилия знакомится во время десятидневного обучения пилотированию американских самолётов П-39 в городке Элизабет в штате Северная Каролина в августе 1941 г.

Сергин влюблён в Лилию, а у неё, в свою очередь, возникает внезапный и страстный роман с Мортоном. Когда обучение заканчивается, Сергин и Лилия возвращаются в СССР, на фронт.

Отношения Мортона и Лилии вскоре прекращаются по нескольким причинам: препятствия, чинимые бдительным сотрудником СМЕРШ («Смерть шпионам»), который утаивает от Лилии письма Мортона, постоянные советы двух подруг Лилии - Арины Будиной и Ольги Спиркиной, а также непрекращающиеся ухаживания Сергина.

В конце концов, разочаровавшаяся в Мортоне Лилия принимает настойчивое предложение Сергина. Во время недолгого затишья состоится их необычная импровизированная свадьба.

Но счастье Лилии длится недолго. На её глазах погибает сначала любимая подруга Арина, а вскоре героически гибнет и сам Владимир Сергин. Сама же Лилия, раненая в бою, попадает в полевой госпиталь аэробазы.

Неожиданно в Сибирь, на аэробазу, приезжает добившийся туда специальной командировки Мортон. Они опять встречаются с Лилией.

Но их радостная встреча оказывается очень короткой. Лилия, только выписавшаяся из госпиталя, должна срочно вернуться в строй. Она вступает в героический воздушный бой с немецкими асами. Её самолёт сбивают. Лилия умирает на руках у безутешного Мортона, вытащившего её из-под обломков самолёта.

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About the producer/director

For more than three decades, Vladimir Alenikov has been one of Russia’s most awarded and beloved personalities. His incredible creative output, both during and after the communist era, is unmatched for its creativity, diversity and commercial appeal.

Vladimir has written, directed, produced and edited over 20 full-length feature films, authored 12 best-selling books, and produced and directed 10 live theatrical productions. His movies have received numerous awards at major international film festivals in the San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Milan, Montreal, London, Quebec, Vienna, St. Petersburg International Festival of Festivals, San Francisco, Belgrade, Strasbourg, Kiev, Gijon (Spain), Bratislava (Czech Republic), among others.

His live theater credits include writing, producing, and directing the first Soviet-American stage musical, Peace Child, which premiered at the Kennedy Center and subsequently was performed in 32 other countries. Vladimir is also an award-winning documentary cinematographer, and an accomplished television producer with a number of series to his credit.

He has been Artistic Director of the Russian Musical Stage Theater, Professor of Film Directing at UCLA, President of the Russian Committee of Children's Cinema, President of the International Jury at many film festivals, and Cultural Advisor to the Michael Gorbachev Foundation. Currently, he is the Artistic Director of the oldest famous Russian film studios—Russian Central Studio of Documentary Films (www.rcsdf.ru) and Professor of Film Directing at VGIK, the most prestigious Russian Film School.

For more information visit www.alenikov.com.

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About the author/screenwriter

Manhattan born M.G. Crisci is the critically-acclaimed author of nine books based on true stories or real events in the genres of literary fiction, historical fiction and drama. Two of those books—Call Sign, White Lily and Seven Days in Russia—deal with everyday Russian life, it’s heroes’ and its culture.

M.G's latest book, The Salad Oil King. A Tale of Greed Gone Mad, will be released this summer. See the book.

M.G. is also an internationally-recognized expert on consumer motivation and behavior, an award-winning journalist, and a thought-provoking pro U.S.-Russian social activist. He has been elected to Who’s Who in the World 21 times.

M.G. has spoken worldwide about the use of cross-cultural initiatives to improve Russian-American understanding and trust. Venues have included the United Nations, the Russian Cultural Centre and Ukrainian Embassy in Washington D.C., and the American Embassy and the American Center for Democracy in Moscow, as well as Russian TV, radio and newspapers.

Mr. Crisci is a recipient of the international award for editorial excellence by Rossiyskaya Gazeta for his books, editorials and blogs, and a certificate of achievement by the Federation of Russia for enhancing non-political communications between our two nations. He is the first American author to receive that award. He is also a founder of the Friends of the Russian Cultural Centre in Washington D.C

For more information, visit www.mgcrisci.com

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About AMRU ENTERTAINMENT

AMRU is a California based partnership, owned and operated by majority partners, Mathew G. Crisci and Vladimir Alenikov.

The business of AMRU is to develop commercial media properties that have the potential entertain worldwide audiences and provide investors with an attractive return on investment. The partnership also seeks promote it's business process and properties as a non-political alternative to re-establishing mutual respect and trust between America and Russia.

In addition to ACE44, two additional properties are in development:

The ADVENTURES of PETROV & VASECHKIN. The English language re-adaptation of Russia's most beloved children's characters created by Mr. Alenikov some 30 years ago. The children and their hilarious adventures have been the subject of 12 best-selling books and two movies in Russia. Should the initial book achieve the intended commercial and critical success, it is AMRU’s intention to add additional English language sequels from Mr. Alenikov’s existing library, and, to develop franchise spin-offs such as video games.

PROJECT ZEBRA. Project Zebra, the untold story of a 16-month long, top-secret training mission that took place during World War II in North Carolina. Eight American pilots trained 100 Russian aces to successfully fly America’s deadliest and most advanced amphibious armed aircraft known as the Flying Boat. In the process, many became life-long friends. This property will be developed as a book and full-length movie.

AMRU Contact


To learn more or to receive an ACE44 qualified investor package, please contact:

In the United States:

MATHEW CRISCI

Email: mgcrisci@mgcrisci.com
Office: 1.760.804.7360
Mobile: 1.760.390.2055
Skype: mathew.g.crisci


In Russia:

VLADIMIR ALENIKOV

Email: alenikov@yahoo.com
Office: 7.495.332.2257
Mobile: 7.915.283.4630
Skype: vladimir.alenikov

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