Disney Launches Production Of First Russian-Produced Movie

The Walt Disney Company CIS has joined forces with some of Russia's top filmmaking talents for their first Russian-produced feature, THE BOOK OF MASTERS. The film started shooting in September 2008 outside Minsk. Upon completion of the first stage of shooting, production will then move on to the Mosfilm Studio stages.

Nikita Mikhalkov's Three T Studio is the production company, known for films like 12, THE COUNCILOR OF STATE, BARBER OF SIBERIA, BURNT BY THE SUN and URGA.

THE BOOK OF MASTERS is directed by Vadim Sokolovsky, who is known for TV projects like AN OCCASIONAL FELLOW-TRAVELER, THE TICKET TO THE HAREM and AMBULANCE-2. In 2007, Sokolovsky's THE TICKET TO THE HAREM series was nominated for the Golden Eagle National Cinematography Award. Sokolovsky is now the local production and acquisitions director for The Walt Disney Company CIS.

THE BOOK OF MASTERS is adapted from well-known Russian fairy tales in the Disney tradition. The film's cast includes Leonid Kuravlyov, Valentin Gaft, Irina Apeksimova, Olga Arosjeva, Mikhail Efremov, Gosha Kutsenko and Artur Smolyaninov.

THE BOOK OF MASTERS Russian premiere is scheduled for fall 2009.

The Walt Disney Company CIS has been in Russia since April 2006.


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