Sergey Bodrov on the set of the film "The Messenger" in the Karmadon Gorge
In July 2002, Sergei Bodrov began filming his second film entitled Svyaznoy. Sergei described the future film as follows: "... a philosophical and mystical parable about the life of two friends - these people I spied in life. They are romantics, travelers, adventurers. Of course, there will be gangsters, hostages, in general, everything that accompanies us in life. The film is called Svyaznoy, and I'm in it like coffee in a bag: three in one — the scriptwriter, the director, and the main role I play. "
In September, the crew flew to the Caucasus. September 19 episodes were filmed in the female colony of Zelenokumsk. At seven o'clock in the morning of the next day, the group arrived in the Karmadon gorge, where the episode of the return from the army of one of the main characters, Ilyas, was to take place.
On September 20, 2002, at six in the morning, the film crew gathered on the first floor of a hotel in Vladikavkaz and from there went to the mountains.Upon arrival at the scene, the film crew waited a long time for the transport, which was supposed to deliver them upstairs. The beginning of the shooting was postponed from nine in the morning to one in the afternoon.
At about seven o'clock in the evening, filming was stopped due to poor light, the group collected the equipment and moved into the city. At this time, around 8:15 pm local time, the “Kolka” glacier began to descend, which in a few minutes covered the entire Karmadon gorge with a 300-meter layer of ice and stones.
Large-scale rescue work lasted several months, a group of volunteers and relatives of the missing remained on the glacier until February 2004. During the rescue operation, 17 bodies were found dead, the rest, more than a hundred people, are still missing.