Fledgling Russian sales agent Ant!pode Sales & Distribution has picked up international distribution for Oksana Bychkova’s Another Year (Esche odin god).

The film has its world premiere in Rotterdam’s Spectrum sidebar yesterday (Jan 28).

The €850,000 Moscow-set melodrama is based on Alexander Volodin’s play Do Not Leave Your Lovers and stars Alexey Filimonov, who appeared in Vasily Sigarev’s Live at Rotterdam in 2012, and newcomer Nadya Lumpova.

Bychkova’s previous feature films include Piter FM and Plyus odin as well as collaboration on the second instalment of Bazelevs’ New Year comedy franchise Yolki 2.

Ant!pode was launched at last year’s Cannes Film Festival with a line-up including The Geographer Drank His Globe Away, which has been nominated for six Golden Eagle awards, of which the winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in Mosfilm studios tonight.