Sunrise Entertainment Handling Sales for Russia's Oscar Submission 'The Edge'

Company also selling select territories on "The Whistleblower," "Old MacDonald," "Flutter," "Father of Invention" and "Prisoners of Power."

As it launches its new sales and distribution division at this year’s AFM, Sunrise Entertainment will be handling worldwide sales for Alexi Uchitel’s The Edge, Russia’s submission for consideration in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s best foreign language film.

Under the guidance of president Sergei Bespalov, Sunrise — which was previously a finance business known as Sunrise Films — has been reoutfitted as a production, financing and worldwide sales and distribution company, based in Culver City. The company also has its own 3D animation studio.

Sunrise Entertainment aims to distribute three to six films per year that will be financed and produced in-house in addition to its acquisitions. 

“Sunrise Entertainment was established to provide superior production and financing options to producers through innovative integration of new financing methods, co-production, distribution and postproduction facilities,’ Bespalov said.

The company’s exec lineup also includes CEO Peter Schafer, COO Stefan Jacobs, and president of physical production Jim Brubaker. 

Richard Reid serves as exec vp development; John Martin, executive vp business and legal affairs; and Stefania Vitali, head of sales and distribution.

In addition to The Edge, Sunrise is selling select territories on The Whistleblower, starring Rachel Weisz; the 3D horror movie Old MacDonald, which begins shooting in April in Romania; the gambling thriller Flutter, currently in postproduction; the comedy Father of Invention, starring Kevin Spacey; and the action sci-fi feature Prisoners of Power.

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