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Hunter Killer film might be banned in Ukraine, Russia

Russian distributor Megogo Distribution asked cinemas not to show the thriller ahead of the scheduled premiere on October 31, saying it had still not received the screening license
18:18, 2 November 2018

Gerard Butler starring in Hunter Killer
Radio Liberty

Hunter Killer movie was released in the U.S. last week. The Russian and Ukrainian release of the film, which tells the story of U.S. soldiers rescuing a Russian president during a coup attempt, is postponed. According to some reports, the film could be banned in both countries due to its content, Radio Liberty reports.

'Russian distributor Megogo Distribution asked cinemas not to show the thriller ahead of the scheduled premiere on October 31, saying it had still not received a screening license,' the news agency reads.

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The Ministry of Culture of Russia, which provides licenses, stated that the company had provided an incomplete package of documents.

'There was no official explanation for the delay of Hunter Killer in neighboring Ukraine, where the movie failed to open as scheduled last week,' the message says.

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'We still do not have any response from the [Russian] Culture Ministry,' Megogo Distribution stated in a letter about the screening license.

Nevertheless, all the materials and documents regarding this movie have been submitted in advance. Previously, the Ministry did not have any no objections to the film's release, the distributor said.

'The Culture Ministry told the AFP news agency that it had withheld a screening license for the film because Megogo Distribution did not show confirmation that it 'transferred the film for permanent storage in the Russian State Film Fund [Archive], which is the key prerequisite for obtaining a screening license,' the message says.

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