U.S. rights to Russia’s official Academy Award entry "The Edge" by Alexey Uchitel ("Captive") have been picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films. The film recently had its U.S. debut at the Palm Springs International Film Festival after premiering at Toronto and other international festivals.
Meyer Gottlieb, president of Samuel Goldwyn Films negotiated the deal with Sergei Bespalov, president of Sun Rise Films. Goldwyn plans a Spring 2011 theatrical roll out.
"The Edge" unfolds shortly after the end of World War II at a gulag in the Siberian hinterland. The central character is a railway engineer named Ignat, who, according to the description provided by Samuel Goldwyn, is "the embodiment of the larger-than-life image of the Soviet victorious warrior, who, is in fact, tormented and shell shocked. Since a functioning railway is the lifeblood of the camp, Ignat sets out to investigate rumors of an abandoned engine on a nearby island. There, he discovers a rusted beauty as well as a feisty and mysterious German girl. Ultimately, two very different and strong individuals start a desperate struggle with the hostile world in which they live for the right to be together."
Gonorovsky wrote "The Edge," which was produced by award-winning film and television producer Konstantin Ernst.