Posted: Mon., Sep. 15, 2008, 9:30am PT


Disney shoots first Russian film

'Book of Masters' based on local fairy tales

By NICK HOLDSWORTH
Variety

MOSCOW — The Russian office of Walt Disney has begun lensing its first local production, a children’s adventure based on some of Russia’s most famous fairy tales and characters.

Written and directed by Vadim Sokolovsky, the company’s head of production and acquisitions in Russia, “Kniga Masterov” (The Book of Masters) is being production in association with Moscow’s Three-T Studio, the company founded by director Nikita Mikhalkov.

Location shooting on the film — which Russia media reports suggest is being made on a budget of around $7 million — began early September outside Minsk with studio filming scheduled later at Moscow’s Mosfilm Studios.

Drawing on stories “adapted from Russian fairy tales we all know from childhood,” the movie is aimed at family audiences with a release date set for autumn 2009, Marina Zhigalov-Ozkan, Disney’s Russia head and general producer of the film said Monday.

Leonid Vereshchagin, general director of Three-T, said the studio was pleased to be working with Disney on its first film in Russia. “We are extremely encouraged that Disney, known throughout the world for its film versions of immortal stories, aims to revive the feature-film fairy-tale genre in Russia,” Vereshchagin added.
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