Sunday 18 February 2018

Russia blocks the release of new film Child 44 over allegations it 'distorts' historical facts

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Hollywood film, Child 44, which releases in Ireland tomorrow (April 17), has been recalled from cinemas in Russia.

Russian authorities say the film, about the hunt for a serial child killer in Russia which stars Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman, "distorts" historical facts.

“The opinion of distributors and representatives of the Ministry of Culture concurred: the screening of such movies on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Victory [in World War II] is unacceptable,” Minister of Culture, Vladimir Medinsky, said in a statement.

There are issues with a "peculiar interpretation of events before, during and after the Great Patriotic War as well as images and characters of Soviet citizens living in that historical period".

The statement continues to assert that releasing "this type of film" in the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of victory in World War Two is "unacceptable".

The film is set in Stalin-era Russia and based on the novel by Tom Rob Smith.

British actor Hardy plays a disgraced Soviet secret police agent who is on the hunt for a serial child killer.   However, he soon realises he's battling a cover-up by the Communist authorities who deny that crimes exist in an utopian state.

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