'Battle for Sevastopol' Sold to China and South Korea

Battle for Sevastopol - H 2015

Battle for Sevastopol - H 2015

The Russia-Ukraine co-production is centered on a WWII female sniper.

Battle for Sevastopol, a Russia-Ukraine co-production completed as relations between the two countries were deteriorating last year, has been sold to China and South Korea.

The $5 million movie centers on Soviet sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko, also known for her visit to the United States and Canada as part of a delegation in 1942.

"[Battle for Sevastopol] has every component for attracting international viewers, such as large scale of action, a dynamic plotline and a universal love story," Yevgeny Drachev, international sales manager at FILM.UA, a Ukrainian distributor that handles international rights for the movie, was quoted as saying by the Russian trade journal ProfiCinema.

He added that the distributor is specifically targeting Asian territories where the war drama Stalingrad, Russia's top-grossing movie of 2013, was successful.

"We are very happy about our first successes in that direction, such as sales of the film to China and South Korea, Drachev said.

The production of Battle for Sevastopol, the first large-scale co-production between Russia and Ukraine in years, directed by Sergei Mokritsky, was under threat last year when relations between Russia and Ukraine degenerated following Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Battle for Sevastopol opens in Russia this week, and it will have its international premiere at Beijing International Film Festival next month.