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Neon has picked up the U.S. rights to Andrei Konchalovsky’s Dear Comrades!, which is set to be Russia’s official Oscars submission.
The movie, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize, is set in 1962 and told through the eyes of a devout party activist. It takes place when the communist government raises food prices and the rebellious workers from the small industrial town of Novocherkassk go on strike, and captures the massacre which then ensues.
Julia Vysotskaya, Vladislav Komarov, Andrei Gusev, Yulia Burova and Sergei Erlish star. Konchalovsky penned the movie with Elena Kiseleva, with Alisher Usmanov producing.
Films Boutique negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.
Neon’s recent acquisitions include the Sundance feature The Killing of Two Lovers and Venice’s Grand Jury Prize winner Michel Franco’s New Order.
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