While everything in Kiev is blocked due to the Coronavirus quarantine in Ukraine and around the world, and many of you cannot enjoy exploring Kiev right now, I offer you to watch some great movies, cartoons, documentaries, commercial videos or music shot in Kiev. Stay home and enjoy Kiev on the screens!
Winter in flames: Ukraine’s struggle for freedom
Nominated for an Oscar, Winter on Fire shows how in 93 days peaceful student demonstrations have turned into a violent revolution and struggle for freedom.
In this documentary on Euromaidan 2014, you’ll see revolutionary Kiev and Ukrainian citizens during the harsh winter in flames.
Winter on Fire is available on Netflix and is a must see for those who want to learn more about Revolution of Dignity in Kiev.
HBO Chernobyl series
The Chernobyl HBO series has not only been hugely successful and has greatly increased the amount of tourists who have taken the Chernobyl tours. Although the power plant was filmed in Lithuania, many other moments were filmed in Kiev.
Podil, Obolon, Khreshchatyk and even distant Troeshchyna appear in HBO Chernobyl. Part of central Kiev was closed for cars and pedestrians in June 2018, when HBO Chernobyl was filmed.
The model of the Chernobyl power plant that people can see in the series was made by Postmodern Digital Studio in Kiev.
It might be a lot more than Kiev in the HBO series Chernobyl, but Ukraine has no tax incentives for foreign directors, which made filming in Lithuania that much more attractive.
The first episode of the 23rd season of the Simpsons is dedicated to the Ukrainian mafia and its “Godfather Viktor”. Ukraine and Kiev appear in The Simpsons, thanks to our former pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych, who is shown there as the main mobsters.
Watch the Simpsons to see the Maidan square near the Dnipro River, Kyiv Pechersk Lavra on the other side of the river, and the Paton Bridge.
Although don’t be surprised if you see a slightly strange name of our country, written as Ukreign. Yes, it’s still us.
Sony PlayStation 4
The Sony PlayStation 4 commercial was shot in Kiev by Radioactiv Film Production. You will recognize the area around the Palats Sportu metro station, the parking lot of the Ukraina shopping and entertainment center and the surroundings of Kyiv Polytechnic University.
You will see iconic video game characters in some of the most famous places in Kiev.
300 extras and 23 stuntmen took part in the filming for Sony PlayStation.
Commercial Apple Airpods
The Apple Airpods ad depicts some of the locations in Kiev, such as Antonovycha Street, the Constitutional Court, an unfinished skyscraper on the corner of Antonovycha and Zhylianska streets.
The main character of Apple Airpods Commercial puts on the earphones and starts bouncing the city that turns into a springboard: all streets, streets, sidewalks, hatches, columns and walls become elastic.
Shot in black and white, the commercial makes the locations in Kiev even more attractive.
Apple Watch 3 ad
The Apple Watch 3 ad video was shot in Kiev. The main shooting locations are the Kiev railway station and the Zoloti Vorota metro station. Once the video starts, you can listen to the announcement from the Kyiv train station, made in Ukrainian language.
In the video, the main character is skateboarding for the Kiev train station and listening to music with the Apple Watch 3 and wireless earphones.
Miley Cyrus – Nothing breaks like a heart
The clip of the famous American pop star Miley Cyrus “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” was partially shot in Kiev.
According to the plot, Miley Cyrus is running away from the police in one of the American cities. The chase scene was filmed at the Kyiv Darnytskyi bridge. While the singer’s fans were happy, the locals on the left side of Kiev – not so much: traffic on the bridge was limited for two days.
Famous carmaker BMW filmed one of its commercials in Kiev.
The first BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is driving across the Kyiv Darnytskyi bridge, unfinished Podil bridge. Spectators can recognize Poshtova Square and the Dnipro River in Podil.
Some of the scenes were shot in the luxurious Lypky neighborhood.
Puma Ader mistake
The Puma brand filmed an exciting commercial in Kiev, featuring Velyka Zhytomyrska street and Platforma Art Factory. The Under Creativity Puma combines progressive silhouettes and different imperfections and creates a beautiful and unexpected collection.
It hurts – Ali
Popular British band Hurts is a Kiev favorite – tickets for Hurts concerts in Kiev are usually sold out. The band filmed the video of Wings in Kiev: among the places – a couple of Kiev hotels and a viewing platform on the roof of the Parus Business Center.
The video for Beautiful ones by Hurts was also shot in Kiev. The band called this provocative video a celebration of individuality.
Foals – What went down
What happened in Foals was also filmed in Kiev. The main location for the shootings was the Troyeshchyna district with its paneled skyscrapers (along with the surrounding wastelands). Another place for video shooting: Dnipro Bay.
Coldplay – Up & Up
The video of one of Coldplay’s most famous songs – Up & Up was partly shot in Kiev. According to the authors of the video, three days of filming were taking place in Kiev and one in New York. The incredible graphics of the video were made by Gloria FX Studio from Dnipro, Ukraine.
Avicii – Lonely Together ft. Rita Ora
The video Lonely together by Avicii and Rita Ora was also shot in Kiev. Avicii was posthumously awarded the Best Dance Music Video Award on MTV.
In the video you can see the Rybalsky bridge, the Hryshko botanical garden and the Victory Park. “Lonely Together” was also nominated for the best visual effects category. The video was produced by Kyiv Postproduction Studio.
If you decide that watching Kiev on screen is not enough, welcome to see everything in reality. I would be happy to take you on one of my alternative tours in Kiev, once the quarantine is over, of course. Until that time, stay healthy and safe, and most importantly, stay at home!