Wrekin Hill Acquires U.S. Rights to John Malkovich Movie ‘Siberian Education’

Director Gabriele Salvatores and co-writers Sandro Petraglia and Stefano Rulli adapted the novel by Nicolai Lilin

Wrekin Hill Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Gabriele Salvatores’ "Siberian Education" and will release the film around the end of the year.

John Malkovich stars alongside Arnas Feravicius, Vilius Tumalavicius, Eleanor Tomlinson, Peter Stormare, Jonas Trukanas and Vitalji Porsnev. 

Set in the ghetto of Soviet Russia, "Siberian Education" follows the path of two boys who are members of a gang of exiled Siberians. The best friends grow up together, mastering a unique education focused on illegal arts such as theft, banditry and weaponry.  Their clan has its very own stringent code of honor, which, while criminal, sometimes actually coincides with what is generally considered ethical and moral.  It is a code that must never be broken, no matter what.  As the boys turn to men, everything they have come to know and learn is tested.

Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Rulli and Salvatores adapted the novel by Nicolai Lilin.

Catteya's Riccardo Tozzi, Giovanni Satabilini and Marco Chimenz produced "Siberian Education," while Gina Gardini executive produced.

Deal was negotiated by Rene Cogan and Alex Mandell for Wrekin Hill with WestEnd Films on behalf of the filmmakers. WestEnd is handling international sales for the film.

“Gabriele Salvatores has crafted a tense and disturbing drama about the Eastern European criminal underworld that we found completely fascinating,” said Wrekin Hill's Cogan. “We are proud to be able to bring this film to audiences in the U.S.”

"Siberian Education" has already been released in several territories including Italy, where it has already taken in more than $6 million at the box office.