Magazine article Screen International

Top-Grossing Russian Film of 2016 Secures Deals

Magazine article Screen International

Top-Grossing Russian Film of 2016 Secures Deals

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By Screen staff

Russian distributor Central Partnership has announced a raftof deals on their 2016 blockbuster The Crew (Ekipazh), also known as Flight Crew.

The disaster movie, shot in digital 3D IMAX and directed by Nikolay Lebedev, is a remake of a 1979 Russian film, Air Crew (Ekipazh).

In South America, BF Distribution has taken rights for Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador with Chile releasing the film on October 20 and Peru following with a wide release on November 24.

Juliana da Cunha Jacobsen, head of acquisitions and business affairs at BF Distribution, commented: "The strong commercial appeal from action and natural disaster tales quickly called our attention when learning about the movie. We were absolutely impacted by the level of production and quality that the team behind The Crew was able to pull off.

"Foreign films in general are very tricky in Latin America as they generally fall in the 'artsy' genre which limits its commercial exposure in the theatres. However, the Russian film industry has been delivering the world outstanding productions that are as exciting as any other Hollywood action film. Fingers and toes crossed we are able to get the audience on board as much as we are. …

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