The movie Chernobyl (2019) was filmed in two main locations: Lithuania and Ukraine. Lithuania served as a stand-in for the Soviet cities of Moscow, Minsk and Pripyat, while Ukraine provided the actual site of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Here are some details about the filming locations of the movie:
- Lithuania: The movie used several locations in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, to recreate the scenes in Moscow and Minsk. For example, the Lithuanian National Library was used as the KGB headquarters, and the Palace of Culture and Sports was used as the trial venue. The movie also filmed in the Fabijoniškės neighborhood, which resembles the Soviet-era apartment blocks of Pripyat. The movie also used the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant, which is located about 130 km from Vilnius, as a substitute for the Chernobyl plant. The Ignalina plant has a similar design and layout as the Chernobyl plant, and it was decommissioned in 2009. The movie crew was allowed to film on top of the reactor roof and inside the control room.
- Ukraine: The movie also filmed some scenes in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, and in Chernobyl itself. The movie crew visited the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, which is a 30 km radius around the nuclear plant that is restricted for visitors. The movie crew filmed some scenes near the abandoned town of Pripyat, where the workers of the Chernobyl plant lived before the disaster. The movie crew also filmed some scenes at the actual Chernobyl plant, including the sarcophagus that covers the damaged reactor.
The movie Chernobyl (2019) was praised for its historical accuracy and attention to detail in portraying the events and aftermath of the nuclear disaster. The movie used real locations and props to create a realistic and immersive atmosphere for the viewers. The movie also consulted with experts and witnesses to ensure that the story was based on facts and testimonies. The movie won several awards and received critical acclaim for its cinematography, performances, screenplay and musical score.