IFC Midnight announced today that it is acquiring North American rights to Egor Abramenko’s directorial debut Sputnik from XYZ Films.
The film was set to have its world premiere in the Midnight Section at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. IFC Midnight will release the film in North America on August 14th, 2020.
In Sputnik, inspired by Abramenko’s sci-fi thriller short film The Passenger, at the height of the Cold War, a Soviet spacecraft crash lands after a mission gone awry, leaving the commander as its only survivor. After a renowned Russian psychologist is brought in to evaluate the commander’s mental state, it becomes clear that something dangerous may have come back to Earth with him.
The film stars Oksana Akinshina (Lilya 4-Ever) alongside Fedor Bondarchuk, Pyotr Fyodorov, and Anton Vasilev. The script was written by Oleg Malovichko and Andrei Zolotarev.
Initially, the film was supposed to be released in Russia on April 16th via Sony Pictures, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian opening is scheduled for a digital release on Russian platforms April 23rd.