Sergei Loznitsa’s Stalin Doc ‘State Funeral’ Lands U.S. & UK Deal

EXCLUSIVE: International streamer MUBI has taken U.S. and UK rights to Sergei Loznitsa’s documentary State Funeral, which explores the influence of the dying of Soviet Union chief Joseph Stalin in 1953.

The doc premiered at Venice this yr and likewise performed Toronto. MUBI will give the movie a U.S. theatrical run, beginning solely at New York’s Lincoln Middle from Could 1, earlier than streaming it in each the U.S. and UK from Could 24.

Comprised of rarely-seen archive footage, the movie depicts how the Soviet Union was rocked by the dying of Stalin on March 5, 1953. It chronicles how the broadcasters and newspapers revealed the dying, the countless procession of mourners in Moscow’s Crimson Sq., the hasty appointment of Malenkov as successor, and the ceremonial burial attended by quite a few Soviet leaders.

Ukrainian filmmaker Loznitsa’s credit embrace the drama Donbass, which was a crucial hit at Cannes in 2018. His firm Atoms & Void produced State Funeral and likewise struck the MUBI deal.

MUBI is primarily often known as a curated subscription streaming service with a patented mannequin – it uploads one movie per day and removes one other, which means it has a continuing rotation of 30 pics at anybody time. The corporate additionally has a distribution operation that features some theatrical play, primarily centered on the UK however it has additionally taken titles for the U.S. together with Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda and Lover For A Day. Not too long ago, the outfit has additionally branched into manufacturing, with early credit together with Danielle Lessovitz’s Port Authority.

MUBI’s upcoming releases within the UK and Eire embrace Kleber Mendonça Filho’s siege thriller Bacurau, Diao Yinan’s neo-noir The Wild Goose Lake, and Pablo Larraín’s Ema.

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