Central Partnership presented a number of projects at the 2018 Marche du Film market: The Mermaid. Lake of the Dead (horror from the director and producer of the Bride), The Coach (football-themed action drama), the Gogol trilogy (crime, mystery, horror), Three Seconds (highest grossing Russian film of all time) and Guests (horror). The company also continued the sales on its projects Frontier (sci-fi/action/war), The Bolshoi (ballet drama) and the Fixies. Top Secret (animation).
Mystical horror The Mermaid. Lake of the Dead has been generating a lot of interest among buyers, and this interest only increased after the trailer premiere and a market screening of the 25-min footage. To date the horror has been sold to over 100 countries (all at presales) including all Latin America (BF Distribution) and Asia (Suraya, Purple Plan, IPA), Baltics (ACME), German-speaking (Splendid) and French-speaking territories (FIP).
The Coach movie was screened for buyers for the first time at Marche. Central Partnership finalized a deal for all rights in China with Star Alliance; the company is planning to release in summer 2018. The Coach was released in Russia on April 28th having grossed to date over 13 million USD and still running. Foreign releases which went day-and-date or released same week as Russia were Baltic States (Garsu), Israel (Kinorai, Germany (Kartina. Tv & Kinostar), Austria, UAE (Antares) and Cyprus ( D&A).
At Marche 2018 Central Partnership closed another high-scale deal for China for the Frontier movie, produced by Central Partnership and KIT Film Studio. All rights were acquired by Beijing Spark International Culture Communication. The film was also sold to German-speaking territories (Tiberius), Taiwan (Moviecloud), Malaysia (Suraya) and South Korea (Lumix).
Pavel Stepanov, Central Partnership CEO:
We presented at Marche a strong package with diverse genres which many territories found attractive. I have to highlight that we currently three horror films. This genre is evolving in Russia and it is finding great response from international buyers. We are going in the right direction, which is clearly demonstrated by the result of Marche du Film 2018.