Berlin: Netflix Takes Berlin Silver Bear Winner 'Dovlatov'
Netflix picked up Alexey German Jr.'s drama, about six days in the life of a struggling Russian writer, for all English-speaking territories worldwide. Netflix has scored its first pick-up of the Berlin International Film Festival, nabbing all English-speaking rights to Alexey German Jr.'s Dovlatov, an intimate look at a week in the life of Russian novelist Sergei Dovlatov.
Netflix picked up rights in North America, the U.K., Australia/New Zealand and Scandinavia for the period drama following its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Alpha Violet, which is handling world sales on Dovlatov, also deals on thirteen other territories. Among the deals closed are ones for France (Paradis Films), Italy (Satine Film), Spain (Abordar), Portugal (Leopardo Filmes) and Brazil (Imovision).
Dovlatov the writer, who was unable to publish under the Soviet regime, emigrated to New York. But his real fame came after his death, when his novels became huge bestsellers in post-Soviet Russia.
Dovlatov the film also picked up a Silver Bear in Berlin Saturday night, winning the prize for outstanding artistic contribution for Elena Okopnaya's period costume design, which recreates November 1971 in Leningrad.