Toronto: Artsploitation Films Orders Russian Drama 'The Major' For U.S. (Exclusive)

The corrupt cop drama, which takes its North American bow at Toronto, is being sold by Berlin-based sales banner M-appeal.

TORONTO – Philadelphia-based U.S. distributor Artsploitation Films has inked a deal for Russian action drama The Major, directed by and starring Yuri Bykov.

The movie details the story of a corrupt cop who runs a boy over and attempts to cover it up with the help of a fellow policeman. Denis Shvedov, Irina Nizina and Ilya Isaev also star.

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The deal with Artsploitation was inked by Berlin-based sales banner M-appeal on the eve of its screening here.

The film marks its North American bow in the Toronto International Film Festival's contemporary world cinema section on Sept. 9.

Artsploitation is planning the release for the fall of 2014.

The movie made its world debut in Cannes' Critics Week and won best director and artistic achievement plaudits at the Shanghai International Festival in 2013.

M-appeal already closed for France, Greece, Brazil and Iran.

The German sales banner also has another movie making its North American premiere with Greek drama The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas, from debuting director Elina Psykou.