AFM: Timur Bekmambetov Launching Fifth ‘Yolki’ Holiday Movie

Final Yolki
Courtesy of Acme Film

Filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov is producing a fifth “Yolki” holiday film with production planned for early next year, Variety has learned exclusively.

Bekmambetov, who is in post-production on “Ben-Hur,” made the announcement Thursday at the American Film Market. His company Bazelevs will oversee the international sales and is seeking out and securing international partners.

“Yolki,” a Russian word for Christmas tree, tells the stories of different people in separate countries and how their destinies intersect on New Year’s Eve. The next “Yolki” project will be based on six segments — each shot in a different country in the local language and dubbed for international release.

Each production entity will handle distribution in its local territory.

Skady Lis’ Berlin-based Getaway Pictures will handle Germany, Jooick Lee of SCS Entertainment will represent South Korea and Leonardo Zimbron’s Traziende Films will serve Mexico. Bazelevs will be responsible for production and distribution in Russia.

“The ‘Yolki’ films have been incredibly well-received and what I really love about this project is its international nature, not just the theme of the movie but the actual production and distribution of it. We’re looking forward to other countries joining us on this cinematic adventure,” Bekmambetov said.

The first “Yolki” opened in 2010, followed by “Yolki 2” in 2011, “Yolki 3” in 2013 and the prequel “Yolki 1914” in 2014.

Bekmambetov produced “Hardcore,” which premiered at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival and won the People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award. STX Entertainment will distribute “Hardcore” in the U.S.


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