Blogger BadComedian spoke about the withdrawal of Western film companies from the Russian market and domestic cinemas.
On the disappearance of Western films from Russian distribution
“I think it will remain the same. […] Well, or if they [российские режиссеры] movie-event will do. Like Viking, Moving Up… Well, for every piece of propaganda, they can’t make event films.
They tried to make a movie about Crimea, 5 million [долларов] collected. Despite the fact that Zakharova came to the cinema, Peskov said: “Such a movie, so you need to watch it, everything is in the cinema.” But not much [зрителей] went to him.
An event film is an event film. There you really have to see some famous actor, some event, a huge PR program [должна быть] and support of central TV channels. Rarely can you release such a movie – it uses a lot of forces from the state itself as well.
You will have an alternative in the form of “Kakhi”, “Kakhi 2”. But they were before that, roughly speaking.
About Russian cinemas
“And in Moscow, many cinemas will be closed. Many cinemas that were somehow imprisoned for arthouse will definitely fly into the ass. We must remember the 90s – everything was closed there. Pushkinsky [работал] cinema, on Paveletskaya and all. Here, the 90s, yes. Welcome to the 90s. Well, for a while.
We have an idea with cinema that as long as the state supports it, it lives on. The state will stop supporting – it will quickly be (Sports.ru: at this point BadComedian grimaced).
In early March, the Association of Cinema Owners of the Russian Federation warned of the risk of liquidation of the industry. On June 9, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin promised Moscow film networks compensation for buying rights to Russian films.
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