Russian state-run film promotion body Roskino and U.S.based Gravitas Ventures have signed a package deal with Hulu that will see the online video service take 12 Russian films for its online streaming service.
Hulu will release the titles on its main and Hulu Plus services in November on its International Movies section.
"We are thrilled to offer new Russian cinema among Hulu's vibrant collection of great international films." said Roskino CEO Catherine Mtsitouridze. “This will mark the first time ever that a fine selection of Russian films will be available to a wider U.S. audience. It is a huge opportunity for our independent filmmakers to be exposed in such a way to the U.S. market.”
The package includes such acclaimed Russian features as Aleksei German MI's period war drama Paper Solider, which won the best director honour at the Venice Film Festival in 2008 and The Edge, a Siberian drama that was Russia's official entry for the foreign language Oscar last year.