The new federal film distributor, White Nights, is starting its operations in December 2019. The company will be the fourth asset of GPM KIT Group (part of the Gazprom-Media holding). White Nights will specialize in the distribution of independent and experimental movies.
The new distributor will focus on the development of domestic content by promoting motion pictures usually regarded as local art house/experimental works to wider audiences.
The new distributor seeks to support and popularize independent cinema.
One of the company's first major releases will be Doctor Lisa produced by KIT Motion Picture Studio (a subsidiary of GPM KIT and part of the Gazprom-Media Holding). The movie tells the story of Elizabeth Glinka, the director of the Just Help foundation, who tragically died in an airplane crash in 2016. The movie recalls one specific day in her life, full of the most unusual and memorable occurrences, and is based on Doctor Lisa's diaries and recollections from her friends. The movie features a stellar cast: Chulpan Khamatova, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Andrey Burkovskiy, Aleksey Agranovich, Timofey Tribuntsev, Yuliya Aug, Tatyana Dogileva, Philipp Avdeyev, Darya Zhovner, and others.
The new film distributor will also be managing the release of Gerda. This movie was made by the talented director and scriptwriter Natalya Kudryasheva, who won the Horizon "Best Female Role" prize at the Venice Film Festival for the movie The Man Who Surprised Everyone. Gerda was coproduced by GPM KIT Group (a subsidiary of Gazprom Media) and the Russian Renaissance film company.
Although White Nights will be primarily focused on the distribution of independent Russian movies, it will also distribute foreign movies featured at various film festivals.
Once the new film distributor begins operations, more Russian movie goers outside of Moscow and Saint Petersburg will gain access to a wide range of independent and experimental movies. The company also plans to organize various cinema-related events, such as meet-and-greets with actors and directors and public discussions with famous movie critics.
White Nights based in Saint Petersburg. It will be screening movies all over Russia.