Russian Sci-Fi Film From 'American Heist' Director Sells Internationally
It is a rare example of successful foreign sales for a Russian film that is not animated.
New Russian sci-fi action movie Mafia: Igra na vyzhivaniye (Mafia: Survival Game) has been sold to France, Germany, China, Japan and South Korea.
The deals make the film one of the few Russian movies outside the animation genre that have drawn international sales to major territories this year.
"International distributors were attracted by the high quality of visual effects coupled with a fresh concept and thrilling plotline," a spokesperson for the film's sales agent Planeta Inform told The Hollywood Reporter. "This isn't a typical picture for Russia. But, internationally, intense action with high-quality CGI is in demand."
She added that negotiations with other territories, including in North America, Latin America, Spain, Great Britain and the Middle East, are still in progress.
While international release dates have not been set yet, the $15 million movie opens in Russia on Jan. 1. Directed by Sarik Andreasyan, Mafia: Survival Game is set in Moscow in a distant future and is centered around the card game "Mafia."
Andreasyan's previous feature was American Heist, starring Adrien Brody and Hayden Christensen, and released in the United States by Lionsgate.