Russian presence on movie map

Cloud Atlas, a new fantasy adventure from the fathers of The Matrix, Andy and Lana Wachowski, and the creator of Run Lola Run, Tom Tykwer, will get some funding from the leading Russian film producer.

­According to Hollywood Reporter, one of the biggest film licensing and distribution corporations in Central and Eastern Europe, Germany’s A Company – 51 per cent of which has recently been acquired by Aleksandr Rodnyansky’s AR Films – will be co-financing Cloud Atlas and will be taking the rights in Russia and Eastern Europe.

The movie, starring some of the leading lights of Hollywood – Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving and Susan Sarandon, among others – is based on David Mitchell’s bestselling novel, which revolves around six characters. Each story set in a different time and place, spanning from 19th-century Australia to 1970s California.

It is not the first time Russia’s powerhouse Rodnyansky is to take part in an all-star Hollywood project. Earlier this month, Jayne Mansfield’s Car, a US drama directed by Hollywood bad boy Billy Bob Thornton and produced by Russian film guru Rodnyansky, finished shooting in America.

Rodnyansky was quoted as saying that he was impressed by the high level of professionalism and efficiency of working in the US which enabled the crew to shoot the 120-minute film in only 30 days.

Set in 1969 in the Southern United States, the psychological drama brings the spotlight on Academy Award-winner Robert Duvall, Far From Heaven’s Dennis Quaid and actor-turned-director Thornton.

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