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.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading