12/09/16 – Toronto: Under the Milky Way Picks Up ‘The Student’ for North America


Toronto: Under the Milky Way Picks Up ‘The Student’ for North America

Kirill Serebrennikov’s movie premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes in May.

Distributor Under the Milky Way has picked up Uchenik (The Student) by Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov for North America.

The deal for one of Russia’s main contributions to the festival circuit this year includes digital and theatrical distribution rights. A theatrical release date wasn’t immediately announced.


Internationally represented by Wide, the movie also has been sold to the U.K. (where it will be distributed by Matchbox), Germany, Italy, South Korea, France and several other markets.

After its Cannes premiere in the Un Certain Regard section, The Student went on to take part in several other festivals, including the Munich Film Festival. The pic also earned Serebrennikov the best director award at Russia’s biggest national film festival, Kinotavr.

Adapted from the play Martyr by German playwright Marius von Mayenburg, The Student combines a study of religious zealotry with a satirical portrait of contemporary Russia with its major institutions dominated by ultraconservative and reactionary people.

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