Increasingly ambitious Russian production and distribution outfit Art Pictures has revealed further details of its upcoming projects.
In Berlin in February, the company will be beginning pre-sales on Fyodor Bondarchuk’s $30 million historical war drama, Stalingrad.
Art Pictures’ Dmitry Rudovsky, CEO, Sales and Acquisitions, has also revealed details of some of the company’s recent pick-ups for Russian distribution.
These include a package of films from Voltage, among them The Reasonable Bunch starring Ellen Barkin and Demi Moore, Generation Um starring Keanu Reeves and Sacrifice with Cuba Gooding Jr. and Christian Slater.
Meanwhile, Art Pictures has re-cut Bondarchuk’s two part Inhabited Island (one of the highest grossing films in Russian history) into a single, 1 hour 50 minute feature, Prisoners Of Power, which is being handled internationally by Sunrise.
Art Pictures has struck an informal alliance with Culver City-based Sunrise Films. While Sunrise will sell selected titles from the Russian company, Art Pictures in turn will handle the release of certain Sunrise titles. The Russian outfit has already taken rights to Father Of Invention with Kevin Spacey (which it plans to release early next year.)
The casting for Stalingrad should be confirmed by February. Rudovsky is still optimistic that German star Til Scheweiger will be involved.