Russian censors U-turn on Hunter Killer release ban

Russian censors U-turn on Hunter Killer release ban

Gerard Butler’s submarine thriller Hunter Killer has obtained an exhibition licence in Russia after it was blocked from release earlier this month (Nov18).
The film was set to hit 850 theatres in the country, but it was pulled after failing to receive a rolling licence from the Ministry of Culture due to a distribution issue.
Hunter Killer stars Butler as a submarine captain, who teams up with U.S. Navy Seals to save a Russian president following a kidnapping ordeal, and according to previous reports the movie’s release may have been blocked because of its content.
However, an official at the Russian Culture Ministry explained the licence was not issued because distribution company bosses did not prove they “transferred the film for permanent storage in the Russian state film fund”. The only copy of the film received was “of an insufficient quality”.
On Thursday (08Nov18), Russia’s culture minister Vladimir Medinsky announced government officials had granted the licence, but he made it clear he’s not a fan of the movie.
“This is a banal, boring and ultimately stupid film,” he reportedly said. “If someone goes to see it, they will only have my sympathy for two wasted hours.”
Bosses at MEGOGO Distribution also confirmed on Wednesday (07Nov18) the film would get a release in the country.
“Tomorrow! The thriller Hunter Killer with Gerard Butler in the title role will be released,” a message on Facebook read.
Hunter Killer was previously banned in Ukraine over its content showing Russia’s military power. Government officials in the two countries have been at odds since 2014, when the Russian military annexed the Crimea from the Eastern European country.

by WENN

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