EXCLUSIVE: Distributor Arthouse acquires quartet including Karlovy Vary winner.


Russian distributor Arthouse, which specialises in independent and foreign language films, has picked up Ivan Tverdovsky’s Karlovy Vary special jury prize-winner Zoology for theatrical release in Russia and CIS in November, 2016.

The second feature from the Russian director, following Class Corrections in 2014, tells a story of a disillusioned middle-aged zoo worker who grows a tail and embarks upon an exciting new romance before reality catches up with her.

New Europe Film Sales handles international sales.

Arthouse’s managing director Evgeby Pivovarov said: “We’ve been following Ivan for several years and think he is one of the most outstanding and promising directors in modern Russia. Zoology is a very original piece of art—deep, touching and tough all at the same time—we’re very proud to be bringing the film to Russian audiences this fall.”

The company has also recently acquired polish thriller 11 Minutes, Danish football story Summer Of 92, and Ewan McGregor drama Last Days In The Desert, all from HanWay. Release dates have not been set yet.

Arthouse, whose upcoming releases include The Light Between Oceans with Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander (September 8) and The War on Everyone with Alexander Skarsgard (October 6), is owned by US-based parent company Lorem Ipsum Corp.