Russia's Central Partnership Signs Distribution Deal With China Film Group

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The deal is the first practical result of Russia and China's discussions on closer film cooperation.

Central Partnership, a leading Russian production and distribution company, has signed a distribution agreement with China Film Group.

"This agreement is a major milestone in the development of Russian-Chinese cooperation in the film area, and it comes as a result of negotiations that have been in progress since the beginning of 2015," said Pavel Stepanov, Central Partnership's general director, in a statement.

"As a leading Russian film company, Central Partnership is actively working on Russian cinema's international promotion, and it is important that that effort starts with China, a major international market," he went on to say.

The deal stipulates distribution of Russian films by China Film Group in the Chinese territory, except for Hong Kong and Macao, while Central Partnership is to distribute Chinese films in Russia in 2016.

The list of Russian movies to be distributed in China includes the recent box office hit Voin (Warrior), produced by Fyodor Bondarchuk's Art Pictures and directed by Aleksey Andrianov, and Nikolai Lebedev's Ekipazh (Crew), one of next year's expected blockbusters.

The deal is the first practical result of discussions about closer cooperation between Russian and China in the film area, which have been going on for the last year or so.

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