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The Russian TV network 24_DOC is to release the Oscar-winning Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour theatrically in a move rather atypical of local TV stations.
The network has slated Citizenfour for a limited theatrical release in Russia’s largest cities on July 9, 24_DOC said on its website.
Laura Poitras‘ film will have a Russian premiere at the Moscow International Film Festival later this month as part as the non-competition section Svobodnaya Mysl (Free Thought).
Relatively few feature-length documentaries get a theatrical release in Russia, but a few successful recent releases have proven that there is a market for documentaries as well. 24_DOC is known as Russia’s main TV network focused specifically on documentaries, but it doesn’t normally release films theatrically.
Another Snowden documentary, Terminal F/Chasing Edward Snowden, directed by Poul-Erik Heilbuth and John Goetz, was aired by another Russian network, pro-Kremlin English-language channel Russia Today (RT), two months ago.
Meanwhile, Oliver Stone‘s feature Snowden, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is scheduled to be released in the United States on Christmas Day this year. A Russian release date has not yet been announced.
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