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29 April 2022

Central Partnership to present new Russian films at European Film Market

Central Partnership, the largest distributor of Russian films, will start selling new films on the European Film Market (EFM), a leading international film market. EFM is part of the program at the Berlinale Film Festival. This year, the film market will be held online from March 1 to 5.  

Central Partnership will present the new film Chempion Mira (World Champion), produced by Nikita Mikhalkov’s TRITE Studio with the participation of the Russia 1 television channel, about the battles taking place on the chessboard as the brightest human minds come head-to-head. It is among several new projects in Central Partnership’s international distribution package.

Other new films that will be presented at EFM include Lyotchik (The Pilot), a World War II epic about pilot Nikolay Komlev, who receives an order to stop a German tank procession moving towards Moscow. Komlev’s mission is successful, but then he is discovered and shot down. After landing his plane in a remote forest clearing, at first it seems like the worst is behind him. What he doesn’t know is that his ordeal has only just begun. Freezing, starving, and surrounded by a pack of wolves, Komlev now has to find a way to survive.

The film Dekabr (December) looks at the last days of Sergei Yesenin, one of the greatest Russian poets. The story starts with the arrival of Isadora Duncan, a famous dancer, to the Soviet Union from Germany. She is plotting to help her beloved Yesenin escape from the country. All he has to do is get on a train and travel to Riga. The poet flees Moscow for snowy Leningrad, where he finds himself at the center of a mad whirlwind of events. He rushes towards his lover, regardless of the relentless obstacles that keep popping up.

Ryad 19 (Row 19), a joint production between KIT Film Studio, Central Partnership and Monumental Pictures, will also be among Russia’s fall premieres. A thriller about a young doctor named Katya on an overnight flight with her 6-year-old daughter Diana in the midst of a storm, the flight turns sinister as passengers start to die unexpectedly in the half-empty plane cabin. Crossing the boundaries of reality, she is forced to face her own fears and relive the biggest nightmare from her childhood.

Along with the films currently in production, Central Partnership is continuing the sales of the action drama Ogon (No Escapes) by Aleksey Nuzhny, a heroic story about firefighters and rescuers which is one the company’s already released blockbusters.