Cannes: Woody Allen's 'Cafe Society' Sells to Russia

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'Cafe Society'

It will be distributor Volga's first Allen film.

Russian distributor Volga has picked up theatrical rights to Woody Allen's Cannes out-of-competition film Cafe Society for Russia.

"We hope the fact that the movie was the opening night film at Cannes will draw a wider audience," Sergei Nekrasov, Volga's content acquisition director, told online trade journal

According to Nekrasov, the distributor has substantial experience working with films for more sophisticated audiences. "Bidding for this movie, we took into account this kind of audience's interest in such a renowned director as Woody Allen," he explained.

Cafe Society will be released in Russia on 450 screens on July 21, a week after the release date in the U.S. and in most other countries. The film drew a modest standing ovation in Cannes.

It will become Allen's first film distributed in Russia by Volga. His previous movies were distributed by Central Partnership.

Allen's 2015 movie Irrational Man, which was also in Cannes, grossed $715,000 in Russia, becoming the director's first film not to hit the $1 million mark in the country.