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Export Company Roskino Brings Russia to AFM; Oscar Entry 'White Tiger' & Bestselling Adaptation 'Generation P,' Gravitas Hulu Package

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 5, 2012 at 12:41PM

Roskino, Russia's only state-run organization in charge of promoting and exporting Russian films internationally, has brought a selection of titles to this year's AFM (October 31 - November7). Roundup is below.
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'The Edge'
'The Edge'

Roskino, Russia's state-run organization in charge of promoting and exporting Russian films internationally, has brought a selection of titles to this year's AFM (October 31 - November7). Roundup is below.

-Russia's official Oscar entry "White Tiger," which released theatrically in Russia in May. Directed by Karen Shakhnazarov, the film is set in the early 1940s, following a Red Army sergeant obsessed with the destruction of a ghostly White Tiger tank. No U.S. distribution yet. 

Roskino's Catherine Mtsitouridze
Jeanne Berney Roskino's Catherine Mtsitouridze

-Russian-American director Viktor Ginzburg's acclaimed "Generation P" is based on Russia's bestselling novel of the same title, following a futuristic Russia "defined by 100 dollar bills, guns, high-stakes advertising and digitized politicians." Roskino is joining with New World Distribution to bring the film to more than 50 U.S. markets on November 16, with a press screening and cocktail party at AFM on November 5.

-Roskino, Hulu and stateside aggregator Gravitas have also partnered for the exclusive availability of a dozen Russian films on Hulu. Titles included in the November streaming release are 2011's Russian Oscar entry "The Edge" and 2008's Silver Lion winner at the Venice Film Festival, "Paper Soldier." The selection marks the first time contemporary Russian films will be available to a wide U.S. audience. Gravitas and Hulu hatched up this plan after they participated in this summer's Roskino-backed junket to Moscow and St. Petersburg, which brought key distributors to Russia for a crash course in Russian culture.

This article is related to: AFM , Best Foreign-Language Film, Foreign


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.