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Yakutia and Hollywood

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Back in 1912 distant Yakutia was filmed by Daniel Busson and Marais, who represented Paris Geographical Society and Museum of Natural History to compile a collection. Traveling along the Lena River, they filmed nature and locals, who crossed their path.

So, that’s the first appearance of Yakutia in the films. And if today the development of the film industry in Yakutia is in progress and it is quite a natural phenomenon for national cinema, the mention of Yakutia in foreign films in a sense makes the Yakut people feel pride for their native land.  Many really have a silent question in their eyes: Does anybody know about Yakutia at all? Local film fans exalt such events up to the maximum of unattainability. Here is a selection of films in which they mention Yakutia.

The X-Files 

X files
In the American science fiction series  about FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), episode 20, titled ‘The End’ of Season 5, they mention the Yakut village of Zhigansk.  Initially, it was planned as a two-part episode with a supposed title – ‘Zhigansk’, but these plans were canceled due to lack of time.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

Fantastic four
At 1:00:13 seconds it shows a secret military base, which is located on the territory of Yakutia, near the city of Yakutsk.

First Avenger: Confrontation

Another film produced by Marvel, released this summer.  At 1:45:51 seconds it shows a Russian car of red color with inscriptions on the door including the name of the Yakut village of Oimyakon.


The authors of the popular TV series Smallville in early 2000s have shown the Yakut town of Verkhoyansk. Episode 1 of Season 8 at 11:41 minutes presents the town with smooth asphalt where it heavily rains like in London.

Marvel comic
Marvel Company also mentions Yakutia in its comics: the adventures of Superheroes Black Widow and Hawkeye.

According to the illustrations in the comic one can see the suburb of Yakutsk painted by Marvel artists: Mi-24 helicopters, Russian Special Forces on snowmobiles.

And these are not tricks of translators; these are real locations, shown in the films. In Yakutia, stories about the arrival of George Lucas are moving from mouth to mouth, who filmed the winter in Yakutia for Star Wars.

Andrei Shilov