Producer of Golden Globe-Nominated Russian Film Sued by Distributor

'The Edge'

Central Partnership is demanding back some of the advance payment made against box-office returns.

Russian distributor Central Partnership is suing the production company of the 2010 Golden Globe-nominated film Krai (The Edge) over an advance payment.

The arbitration court of Moscow announced on its website a lawsuit filed by Central Partnership against Teleshow, the company which produced The Edge.

When the film was still in production, Central Partnership made an 80 million ruble ($2.7 million at the exchange rate of the time) advance against future box-office returns.

However, Central Partnership's share of the movie's box-office gross failed to cover the advance payment, and the distributor is suing the production company for the difference of 29.4 million rubles ($442,000 at the current exchange rate).

According to a report in the local daily Kommersant, it took the distributor this long to file the suit because it has tried to reach an agreement with Teleshow.

Central Partnership declined to comment, and Teleshow was not available for comment.

The case is expected to be heard later this month.

Directed by Alexei Uchitel, The Edge premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010 and was released in Russia later that month. The $11 million drama, set in a Siberian labor camp in the months following World War II, grossed $5.1 million in Russia, according to local database KinoPoisk.

The Edge subsequently took home the best film statuette at Russia's Nika Awards and was the country's Oscar submission. It also earned a 2011 Golden Globe nomination in the best foreign-language film category, but lost to Danish pic In a Better World.