Vision Films CEO and Managing Director Lise Romanoff just closed a deal with Andrei Bocharnikov of Festivals Cinema in Ukraine to theatrically release six films in the region, including the award-winning "Tango Shalom", in neighboring Poland. The goal is to screen films and provide a little respite, distraction, and hope for struggling populations and refugees who have been displaced or relocated in the region.
Lise Romanoff explains, “I was so surprised to receive an email from Mr. Bocharnikov asking me what other films I had available that he could release theatrically in Ukraine when 'the bombing stopped.' I replied that he could go to my website and choose whichever films he wanted as I was sure that I could speak for all of our filmmakers when I offered to not charge him any minimum guarantee, especially if it helped bring up the spirits of the people of these war-torn cities giving them hope that life would eventually get back to normal.”
Festivals Cinema, based in Kharkiv, is going to start with the release of the inspirational family-drama "Just Another Dream", starring Kristy Swanson and Dean Cain. Then they will release the entertaining sci-fi movie "Alpha Code" starring Denise Richards; two sexy thrillers 7th Secret starring Amanda Figueroa (Rhinebrook) and Natasha Henstridge (Species), and "Seal of Desire" starring Jackie Moore (Westworld); and two compelling documentaries, "Queen Elizabeth II: Her Glorious Reign", produced by Alan Byron and "Prince Philip: The Man Behind the Throne", directed by David Blakeman and produced by Felix Unger-Hamilton.
Festivals Cinema will also expand its theatrical release of "Tango Shalom" to Poland with full support of the filmmakers. Producer, actor, and director Gabriel Bologna and his wife Zizi co-founded the nonprofit Artists4Ukraine that is championing Ukrainian filmmakers and artists here in the US and benefitting displaced populations in Ukraine. Bologna and co-producer Yan Fisher, and co-star, actress and dancer Karina Smirnoff have close ties with Ukraine and the Ukrainian filmmaking community.
In addition, Vision acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the edgy drama "Pursuit of Freedom" (fka Pulled From Darkness), based on the real story of a Ukrainian woman who was sold into trafficking by Russian gangsters, and who against all odds, and with the help of a determined Dutch nurse, an Armenian missionary, and an American pastor, survived years keeping faith that she would be reunited with her three children.