Sales for Leningrad-set pic ahead of Berlinale Competition premiere.
French sales boutique Alpha Violet
has unveiled first sales on Russian director Alexey German Jr’s drama Dovlatov
ahead of its premiere in Berlin Competition on Saturday.
The picture has sold to China (Times Vision
), Greece (Ama Films
) and Estonia and Latvia (Estin Film).
Set against the backdrop of 1970s Leningrad, the feature tells the true story of popular Russian journalist and writer Sergei Dovlatov
, whose works were banned by the Soviet authorities.
In other sales news, the company has also sold Argentine director Natalia Garagiola
’s Patagonia-set drama Hunting Season to Spain and Portugal (Versus Entertainment
), ex-Yugoslavia (Visionary Thinking) and China (Hishow Entertainment
). The film won best film at International Film Festival & Awards Macao.
Beijing-based Hishow has also acquired Italian directors Silvia Luzi
and Luca Bellini
’s hybrid documentary Crater which premiered in Venice Critics’ Week and market