White Tiger to represent Russia at Oscars

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Adapted from Ilya Boyashov’s novella Tankist, Ili Belyy Tigr, White Tiger cost $11 million to produce.

White Tiger, a fantasy action drama set during World War Two, has been selected by committee to represent Russia at next year’s Oscar ceremonies.

The film has been selected as Russia’s official entry for consideration in the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film category.

Directed by Karen Shakhnazarov, White Tiger (Belyy Tigr), follows a sergeant who becomes obsessed with destroying a tank that almost killed him.

Shakhnazarov’s film, which was released in Russia in May and grossed over $3.3 million at the Russian box office. Shakhnazarov also general director of the film studio Mosfilm in Russia.

Adapted by the director and Aleksandr Borodyanskiy from Ilya Boyashov’s novella Tankist, Ili Belyy Tigr, the film cost $11 million to produce.

The film was picked by the committee headed up by Vladimir Menshov.

The nominations for the 2013 Academy Awards will be revealed on Jan 10.

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