Mongol invasion tale bowed to $1 million at home
A box office record-breaking Kazakh epic, “Myn Bala: Warriors of the Steppe,” has been picked up for world sales by Toronto’s 108 Media.The $10 million feature, directed by Akan Satayev, is the central Asian county’s biggest epic in a decade and reflects the growing confidence and maturity of the local film biz. Pic took more than $1 million in its first weekend of domestic release last week. Inspired by true events, “Myn Bala” is the story of a group of teenage rebels who rise up against brutal Mongols who occupy their country in the early 18th century. “Myn Bala” production team included top international talent with credits ranging from “Trainspotting” to “The Bourne Ultimatum.” World sales deal was negotiated by 108 Media prexy Nathaniel Warsh, CEO Abhi Rastogi and producer Aliya Uvalzhanova, whose New Film Format company produced the film with Yermek Amanshayev, prexy of the Kazakhfilm studio. Kazakhfilm is co-producing Chuck Russell’s $70 million adaptation of “1001 Arabian Nights,” starring Liam Hemsworth, as the country positions itself as a new international location option.