Samuel Goldwyn Movies Acquires Venice Competitors Pic ‘Captain Volkonogov Escaped’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Samuel Goldwyn Movies has acquired North American rights to Stalin-era fashionable thriller “Captain Volkonogov Escaped,” which world premiered in competitors at Venice and earned stellar evaluations.

Offered by Memento Worldwide (“A Hero,” “Name Me By Your Identify”), the movie can have its North American premiere on the Chicago Worldwide Movie Competition.

Penned and directed by Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov, the movie stars rising Russian actor Yuri Borisov (“Compartment 6,” “Petrov’s Flu”) as Captain Volkonogov, a well-respected legislation enforcer within the former Soviet Union who witnesses his colleagues being suspiciously questioned. Sensing that his flip will quickly come, he plans to flee, solely to search out his former colleagues scorching on his tail. When the susceptible Volkonogov will get a message from hell that he’ll be sentenced to everlasting torment, he should discover a strategy to repent. However time is working out and the manhunt is closing in on him.

Memento Worldwide has now offered “Captain Volkonogov Escaped” in most main markets, together with Japanese Europe (HBO Europe), Italy (I Marvel), Benelux (Think about), Norway (Fidalgo), Poland (Mayfly), Greece (Cinobo) and Indonesia (PT Falcon). Will probably be launched by Kinovista in France, Central Partnership in Russia and Homeless Bob in Estonia.

Borisov stars reverse Timofey Tribuntsev (“Petrov’s Flu”) and Natalya Kudryashova, who gained greatest actress at Venice for her efficiency in Merkulova and Chupov’s 2018 movie “The Man Who Shocked Everybody.” The film was produced by rising Russian producers Valeriy Fedorovich and Evgeniy Nikishov at MC2Production, Alexander Plotnikov at Lookfilm, in co-production with Estonia’s Homeless Bob Manufacturing and France’s Kinovista, with the help of Eurimage.

“We look ahead to bringing this extraordinary movie to audiences after its unimaginable premiere at Venice. Yuriy Borisov’s masterful efficiency powers the engine of this beautiful characteristic from Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov,” mentioned Samuel Goldwyn Movies’ Miles Fineburg.

Selection’s Jessica Kiang described the movie as each a “Dostoevskian story” and “a street-pounding Soviet-era chase thriller with existential aspirations.”

Fedorovich mentioned that “Samuel Goldwyn Movies is a superb alternative of associate,” having began with ‘Lolita’ directed by Adrian Lyne with Jeremy Irons and “contributed tremendously to the evolution of overseas language movies’ distribution in U.S.”

The producer mentioned Samuel Goldwyn Movies can have a “tailored strategy for the discharge.”

Nikishov identified Samuel Goldwyn Movies’s current monitor file with Thomas Vinterberg’s “One other Spherical,” which gained the Oscar for greatest worldwide characteristic movie and went on to have a profitable profession within the U.S.

“Captain Volkonogov Escaped” has gained a number of awards, together with greatest movie at Philadelphia, greatest artwork route at Chicago and El Gouna’s Bronze Star nod, on high of the NETPAC Award for Greatest Asian Movie.

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