7 November 2022
Peter I. The Last Tsar and the First Emperor film from Gazprom-Media Holding set a record in film distribution

Based on results of the first weekend of distribution, Gazprom-Media Holding’s docudrama Peter I. The Last Tsar and the First Emperor has become a record breaker: box office takings topped RUB 63 million and had the highest capacity (24 persons per show) among all new projects of the weekend. The film became a box office leader among the projects released on November 3, and with 1,400 cinemas had the widest distribution. The film therefore appears to be the highest grossing documentary film in the history of the Russian cinema.
The film was ordered by Gazprom PJSC, produced by 1-2-3 Production Studio, and distributed by Central Partnership (both make part of Gazprom-Media Holding). Peter I. The Last Tsar and the First Emperor is a historical project created for a family audience, which painstakingly recreates the most momentous events of 17th and 18th century Russia. The film explains how the state was built that would later lay the foundation of modern Russia.
Based on results of the first weekend of distribution, Gazprom-Media Holding’s docudrama Peter I. The Last Tsar and the First Emperor has become a record breaker: box office takings topped RUB 63 million and had the highest capacity (24 persons per show) among all new projects of the weekend. The film became a box office leader among the projects released on November 3, and with 1,400 cinemas had the widest distribution. The film therefore appears to be the highest grossing documentary film in the history of the Russian cinema.
The film was ordered by Gazprom PJSC, produced by 1-2-3 Production Studio, and distributed by Central Partnership (both make part of Gazprom-Media Holding). Peter I. The Last Tsar and the First Emperor is a historical project created for a family audience, which painstakingly recreates the most momentous events of 17th and 18th century Russia. The film explains how the state was built that would later lay the foundation of modern Russia.
 

We are extremely happy with such an outstanding result! Congratulations to the filmmakers and the team as a whole! The film proves that a documentary can also become a box office star and a real blockbuster with artistic presentation and creativity, receiving highly positive feedback from the audience of all ages! And above all, the film has only just been released, so I am sure we can expect new records!
Vadim Vereshchagin
CEO of Central Partnership
Our team always tries to experiment with new formats. This film was a challenge for us. We have created a unique project combining modern technology, broad-scale live-action episodes and historical accuracy. This is a great victory that our experiment attracts so many spectators. We prove that a new form of documentary drama is able to compete with live-action films on the screen.
Ivan Golomovzyuk
Producer, CEO of 1-2-3 Production

The premiere will celebrate the 350th anniversary of the great ruler’s birth, whose personality, as well as the entire era of the rise to power and subsequent reign, continues to intrigue people all over the world. How do you claim the throne when you are the fourteenth child in your family? How do you wage a war to carve a path to the sea if your country has no professional army or navy? How do you transform your nation from an obscure backwater into a world power in just a few decades? The film directed by Andrey Kravchuk is the first-ever attempt to thoroughly analyze the complicated character of the Russian monarch through a modern lens.
The film was created with the support of the Presidential Fund for Cultural Initiatives.
The premiere will celebrate the 350th anniversary of the great ruler’s birth, whose personality, as well as the entire era of the rise to power and subsequent reign, continues to intrigue people all over the world. How do you claim the throne when you are the fourteenth child in your family? How do you wage a war to carve a path to the sea if your country has no professional army or navy? How do you transform your nation from an obscure backwater into a world power in just a few decades? The film directed by Andrey Kravchuk is the first-ever attempt to thoroughly analyze the complicated character of the Russian monarch through a modern lens.
The film was created with the support of the Presidential Fund for Cultural Initiatives.
 

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