Sovtelexport is giving audiences a front-seat view of some of the most outstanding moments in Russian history, through a catalog of high-end costume dramas that continue to find new screens around the world.

Owner of one of the world’s most coveted collections of Russian content, in 2019 Sovtelexport signed more than 100 licensing agreements for different kinds of rights, with distributors and TV channels in Latin America, the US, Western and Eastern Europe, Asia and MENA countries.

“This confirms the interest of international buyers in Russian content”, Julia Matyash, Director of the distribution arm of Russia Television and Radio, said to ttvnews.

“And we are proud to contribute to the popularization and recognition of Russian projects at the global market.”

The Cloister

When it comes to this recognition, one of the most demanded Russian productions in the international market are costume dramas, with titles like Ekaterina, Anna Karenina, Sophia and Godunov among RTR’s best-selling productions; a trend the executive believes will continue in 2020.

“Historical dramas will stay demanded,” she remarked. “Viewers get a unique cultural and social experience. The world of costume dramas is so different from the one we are living in and still relevant. A dramatic plot, gorgeous costumes, brilliant actors and lavish decorations keep attracting audiences worldwide,” she added.

Hoping to “surpass last year’s success”, the company is now attending Miptv with a vast catalog of costume dramas, including the successful Ekaterina, Anna Karenina and Sophia, as well as newer additions such as The Cloister and Two Tickets Home.

Two Tickets Home

Set in the late 1920s, The Cloister begins in an ancient monastery, showing picturesque lakes and cold, hunger, pain and sufferings of people in the Solovetsky concentration camp. A passionate love story between a prisoner Artyom and a Cheka officer Galina unfolds in a place where everybody is striving to survive at any cost. Their love is doomed to be tragical.

Meanwhile, Two Tickets Home revolves around Lyuba, an orphan who learns that her father is alive and in prison for her mother’s murder. She decides to kill him.

“We hope to expand cooperation, build sustainable relations and present a rich collection of the best projects to the international market,” the executive concluded.