Capella Film boss Nadezda Motina has launched Arna Media, a Moscow-based independent distribution company that will distribute local language and international feature films for the Russian market.
Arna is planning to theatrically release 12 titles a year starting from 2022, and has picked up Lionsgate’s Good Luck To You, Leo Grande starring Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack; Park Chan-wook’s Decision To Leave; comedy Enter The Dragons with Gemma Arterton; Oliver Stone’s JFK Revisited: Through The Looking Glass, narrated by Donald Sutherland and Whoopi Goldberg; and Studiocanal’s Not Bloody Likely starring Pierce Brosnan and Helena Bonham Carter
Arna also plans to expand into co-productions, with Motina in advanced talks with partners on several projects, due to be announced at a later date.
Motina will continue to own her existing independent distribution company Capella Film but will step away from day-to-day operations. Capella will now be managed by former head of marketing Vera Fetishcheva.
“Arna Media will serve as a window for everyone who wants to do business in Russia,” said Motina. “We are deeply passionate about film and will work closely with creators to deliver unique and well-crafted campaigns that leverage our many years of experience in the distribution space. Arna is also designed to be a new type of distribution company that will expand into the production and co-production space, which ensures we have access to a constant stream of high-quality films, right from the earliest stages of development.”
Before forming Capella Film, Motina created the theatrical arm of the CP Digital Company, where she was in charge of acquisitions and distribution. She also served as CEO of Premium Film, where she oversaw acquisitions and distribution across CIS and the Baltic States.
She started her career in 2001 when she launched Total DVD magazine in the Russian market.