The film tells the story of the romantic relationship between the heir to the Russian throne, Nikolay Romanov, and the ballerina of the Imperial Theater, Matilda Kshesinskaya, from the time the 22-year-old crown prince and 18-year-old dancer met in 1890 to the coronation of Nikolay and his wife Aleksandra Fedorovna in 1896.
This is a historical romantic drama directed by Alexey Uchitel. The picture tells the story of the relationship between ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya and Nicholas II.
The planned release of the film has become the subject of a public conflict that has started since November 2016. Elements of the conflict include fierce controversy, attempts to ban the film, threats to film distributors and arson.
The premiere of the film took place on October 23, 2017 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.