U.S. rights to duo flow to Wellspring

'Ark' slated for fall, 'Song' skedded for 2003

Wellspring Media has acquired Toronto Intl. Film Festival Visions section entry “Russian Ark,” directed by Alexander Sokurov, as well as “This Is Not a Love Song,” helmed by Brit Bille Eltringham.

Latter pic was not at the festival.

Wellspring, which took domestic rights to both pics, will release the films theatrically before a video/DVD release on the Wellspring label. “Russian Ark” is slated for a fall release this year; “Love Song” will be released in 2003.

Wellspring acquired both films from Paris-based sales company Celluloid Dreams.

Time-travel storyline

Directed and co-written by Russian helmer Sokurov, “Russian Ark” was shot on DV and is the first full-length, single-take, continuous uncut Steadicam feature. Story centers on a 19th century French diplomat and a contemporary Russian filmmaker who are mysteriously transported back in time to the 1700s and find themselves in the fabled Winter Palace. As they explore the splendid corridors and salons of the Palace, they encounter characters from both past and present.

Penned by Simon Beaufoy, “This Is Not a Love Song” was also shot on DV. It follows two petty criminals who mistakenly kill the young daughter of a farmer and are relentlessly pursued across the countryside by both the police and a posse of local farmers intent on revenge.

Wellspring Media was formerly known as Winstar TV and Video.

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