Russian Distributor Launches New Company With Lorem Ipsum Corp

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The company is to focus on distributing indie and auteur films in Russia and other post-Soviet states.

Sam Klebanov, the owner of Russia's oldest art house distributor Cinema without Frontiers, is launching a new distributor in collaboration with the U.S. company Lorem Ipsum Corp.

The new company, which is to be called Arthouse, will focus on distributing indie and auteur cinema in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union.

"Despite the overall economic downturn, it is important to remain present in the [art house] segment, which we once created here," Klebanov told The Hollywood Reporter. "We don't want to wait for a better time and re-enter the segment as an entirely new player.

Russia's art house distribution segment has shrunk substantially over the last couple of years, leading to financial problems for several distributors, including Cinema without Frontiers, which is currently undergoing a bankruptcy procedure.

"The situation hasn't improved much," Klebanov said. "But the number of distributors in the art house segment has decreased, and viewers who want to watch that kind of films, are still there."

He added that the new company has been able to negotiate good deals in Russia for its first releases, also keeping costs low.

Among the company's first releases in Russia are to be Taxi by Jafar Panahi, the winner of the Golden Bear at this year's Berlin International Film Festival, the Golden Globe nominated movie Force Majeure (Turist) by Swedish director Ruben Östlund and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence by Roy Andersson, the winner of the Golden Lion at last year's Venice Film Festival.