American film The Ottoman Lieutenant hit the cinemas in March. This voluminous and epic love drama takes place at the beginning of the First World War. The American production company Y Film Production put almost all their eggs in the high-quality Czech “basket” – there were more than one hundred Czech filmmakers among the crew members and Barrandov Studios Productions became the service company of the whole project.

The Ottoman Lieutenant was directed by Joseph Ruben (Sleeping with the Enemy), starring Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones), Hera Hilmar (Anna Karenina), Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down) and Sir Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Schindler's List). The screenplay was written by Jeff Stockwell (Bridge to Terabithia), with changes by David Loughery (The Three Musketeers, Obsessed).

During the six months of shooting, the filmmakers used the Barrandov Studio premises and several attractive locations in the centre of Prague, and then moved to Cappadocia, Turkey. While in Turkey, the crew, the actors and the equipment were tested for their readiness by two sand storms.

Watch the trailer here.