Distributor acquires UK rights for Sergei Loznitsa’s Ukrainian documentary, set for theatrical release in February 2015.
Maidan chronicles the civil unrest and uprising against the regime of president Yanukovych in the central square of Kiev, the Ukrainian capital during the winter of 2013/14.
The film follows the progress of the revolution: from peaceful rallies half a million strong in the Maidan square, to the bloody street battles between the protesters and riot police.
The deal, brokered by Dogwoof head of distribution Oli Harbottle with production company Atom and Void, will see the documentary open Dogwoof’s 2015 slate.
“Maidan is ever-relevant as an important political statement as well as being a stunning artistic documentary,” said Harbottle. “It’s a great way to kick off what promises to be Dogwoof’s best year yet in terms of our line-up.”
Director Sergei Loznitsa added: “After the enthusiastic response the film has received at the BFI London Film Festival we are confident that it will be viewed and appreciated not only by documentary cinema connoisseurs, film art lovers and professionals in the field of politics and history, but also by a wide range of British spectators, who are keen to experience the world around them through cinema.”
Loznitsa produced the documentary alongside Maria Baker. The Cinema Guild will distribute in the US while Against Gravity will distribute in Poland
The UK release on Feb 20 will mark the anniversary of the uprising.