COTTBUS: A Russian outpost in northern Kyrgyzstan is the setting for a U.K. produced black comedy about three punks who, unwittingly steal a statue of a Russian icon, Lenin?!
The film will be directed by Marat Alykulov and Joanna Bence, with Bence also producing along with Fyodor Druzin and Oleg Vyboichenko.
The film is budgeted at 500,000 EUR with 100,000 EUR coming from the Kyrgyz Ministry of Culture. The filmmakers plan a summer 2013 shoot, to be completed before the 2014 Cannes festival.
Lenin?! was one of the most popular projects pitching at Connecting Cottbus (www.connecting-cottbus.de), lining up 13 meetings including interest from Macedonia and the Czech Republic.