In October 2021 scenes for a movie entitled "The Challenge" were shot onboard the ISS with actor Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko spending a short stay on the station.

Source: Russian Film Crew Blasts Off As ‘The Challenge’ Set To Become First Feature To Shoot In Outer Space

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It's been over a year and I can't find any reference to a release or a release date. But I suspect this may be due to my English-centric internet searching.

Was this movie ever released, or if not yet, has a release date been announced?

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    $\begingroup$ Movies usually take a while to make, especially ones with special effects or that didn't have the luxury of being able to reshoot scenes that didn't work out, lol - I can imagine the edit on this was a bit fretful... $\endgroup$ Jan 18, 2023 at 20:40

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It is yet to be released though trailers are already out for it.


Dec 31, 2022 #MovieChallenge

The world premiere of the trailer for the first feature film in the history of cinema and astronautics, filmed on the International Space Station.

Starring: Yulia Peresild, Milos Bikovich, Vladimir Mashkov, Oleg Novitsky, Anton Shkaplerov, Pyotr Dubrov, Elena Valyushkina, Varvara Volodina and others.

The space drama "The Challenge" directed by Klim Shipenko is in all cinemas from April 12.


The linked article is wrong:

The first theatrical movie to be shot above Earth's atmosphere, The Challenge, released its trailer.

Actually the first was a Soviet 1983 film released the following year, with full support of the state, called "Return from Orbit". It was shot by Cosmonauts in Soyuz T-9 and on the Salyut 7 space station.

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A Soviet film featuring stoic characters, grief, tragedy and sadness..!

There was a short film, 'Apogee of Fear', filmed on the ISS in 2012 as well.

(NASA approved an official version a few years ago, also on youtube)

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    $\begingroup$ I meant to remove it actually but forgot. In fact the whole line was superfluous. Will modify it now actually. $\endgroup$ Jan 19, 2023 at 18:06
  • $\begingroup$ Were those theatrical movies (actually screened in theaters)? $\endgroup$
    – Obie 2.0
    Jan 20, 2023 at 7:21
  • $\begingroup$ The short was shown at South by Southwest Film Festival; the Soviet film, yes. $\endgroup$ Jan 20, 2023 at 7:24

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