Lucescu Phenomenon documentary director Marian Bushan’s feature debut, Sniper: The White Raven, will bow in North America with a day-and-date release on July 1 from Well Go USA, according to an announcement from the company on Wednesday. The film, which was created with support from the Ukrainian State Film Agency and the country’s Ministry of Culture and Information Policy, was previously delayed from its initial local February release.
The film stars multi-hyphenate actor, musician and photographer Pavlo Aldoshyn as real-life Ukrainian sniper Mykola Voronin; The real-life sniper himself, Voronin, co-wrote the pic which centers on the titular character, who had moved to Ukraine’s Donbas region as a brilliant yet eccentric physics teacher and eco-settler. After a senseless tragedy at the hands of invading soldiers soon thereafter, the film follows Mykola as he enlists in the military and earns a coveted position as a sniper, vowing revenge on the attackers as well as an elite enemy combatant who mortally wounded one of Mykola’s closest comrades from the shadows.
Actors in large-scale military scenes include members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the National Guard of Ukraine, many of whom experienced firsthand the portrayed operations in Donbas beginning in 2014, and the project’s military consultants included soldiers concurrently completing sniper school, the process of which is depicted in detail on-screen, according to the studio.
“We are proud to help bring the release of SNIPER: THE WHITE RAVEN to fruition, particularly as our hearts continue going out to the people of Ukraine during this wrenching ongoing conflict,” said Doris Pfardrescher, President and CEO at Well Go USA Entertainment. “Although the film was not able to be shown in its home territory when originally planned, we are gratified by the opportunity to make this incredible story accessible to North American audiences. This story, which so poignantly portrays the cruelty frequently found in land combat within modern theaters of war, simultaneously reminds us of the unmitigable spirit of courage, camaraderie and hope that shines through when fighting for one’s freedom, family, and homeland.”
The deal was negotiated by Brennan Lane on behalf of Well Go USA and Justyna Koronkiewicz on behalf of Berlin/Warsaw-based Media Move. Koronkiewicz also has secured all-rights deals with South Korea’s YJ Creative and Japan’s AMG Entertainment. Negotiations are currently underway for French- and German-speaking territories, as well as UK/Ireland, Spain, Italy, Latin America, Poland and Sweden.
Check out the international sales trailer below from Media Move.