The movie “the Crew” by Russian Director Nikolai Lebedev will be shown in several countries in the Middle East, writes “Kommersant” with reference to Maria Ivanova, co-owner of the company, Swan Films, which has helped Russian “Tsentral partnership” (tspsh) to negotiate the rent with the Lebanese Empire International. Information was confirmed by the CEO of both Paul Stepanov.
The film will start on June 23. This is the first Russian painting in the middle East in the modern history of Russia, says Ivanov.
“The crew “will be the first release of the domestic art film in Lebanon, UAE, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Iran, the first in a long time in Egypt,” said Stepanov, whose words are on the website for both. CEO of Empire International Mario Haddad said that after this film, his company plans to release other films both in the middle East. He also outlined the difficulties in the screening of Russian films in the region is “the language problem and the lack of recognizable to our audience of stars”. “The chances of success of such films in the middle East, we will evaluate, focusing on the reaction of the audience in other territories,” concluded Haddad.
Both previously announced screening of the film in China, the agreement ought to be signed with China Film Group. The sources of Kommersant said that negotiations with China are still underway, the representative both stated that it has no data about the date of release of the film.
In Russia “the Crew” was released on April 21. It became the highest grossing Russian film of the year. According to “Booker’s Bulletin” for June 5, the amount of cash fees paintings in Russia amounted to 1.4 billion rubles, and in the world at 4.9 million rubles.