Magazine article Screen International

Berlin Title 'Dovlatov' Launches with Unusual 'Blitz' Release

Magazine article Screen International

Berlin Title 'Dovlatov' Launches with Unusual 'Blitz' Release

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Film was initially released for just four days in Russian cinemas.

Aleksey German-Jr.’s latest feature Dovlatov (which won a Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at the Berlinale) has enjoyed bumper attendances since its release in Russia last week through Walt Disney Studios Sony Pictures Releasing (WDSSPR).

Eva Gerr, Milan Marić

The film was launched on 400 screens across the country last week with a “four day only” event-style release campaign, from 1-4 March. The idea was that it would then be withdrawn.

However, many cinemas are now asking for further bookings. Admissions over the four days were close to 300,000 - a very lofty figure for an art house film in Russia (and only slightly behind the 334,000 admissions achieved by director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless in the course of its entire run). …

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