Icarus Films and Distrib Films will team up for the domestic DVD debut of Russian filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov’s Sunstroke on Feb. 20.
His 1994 film, Burnt by the Sun, won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film and Sunstroke was the film selected by Russia to be in competition for the 2015 Oscar category for Best Foreign Language film.
“Poruchik” (Martinsh Kalita), which literally translates as “lieutenant,” is a young officer in the captured White Army following the fall of the Crimea. He suspects his fate, and the other “White Army” officers, is already sealed, which is currently under review by the Bolsheviks (Red Army). They wait in a prison camp on the Black Sea.
To pass the time, “Poruchik” drifts back to a haunting memory of a brief encounter he had with a beautiful woman (Viktoriya Solovyova) prior to the war. It’s 1907, and the glorious days of Czarist Russia are at their height, and it is in this time and with this encounter — from his memories — that sustain him as he awaits his fate.
Sunstroke is presented in Russian with English subtitles.
Icarus Films also announced this past week that the DVD release of I Am Somebody: Three Films by Madeline Anderson has been shifted from Feb. 6 to Feb. 20.
In other release news this past week from Icarus Films, Feb. 20 will also be the DVD debut date for documentary filmmaker John Pilger’s The Coming War on China.
With the “false alarm” triggered in Hawaii this past week, the timing of The Coming War on China couldn’t be better. Pilger examines the “pivot to Asia” and the ramifications of a potential nuclear conflict with China in documentary. This is presented through archival footage and interviews with the likes of James Bradley (author of “The China Mirage”), president Barack Obama, Giff Johnson (editor of the Marshal Islands Journal) and Thomas H. Armbruster (the ambassador to the Marshal Islands).