Hollywood film about children`s murders under Stalin removed from cinemas in Russia

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The distributors and the Ministry of Culture representatives viewed the distortion of historical facts in the film and concluded that the screening was unacceptable before the 70th anniversary of the Victory Day

The film "Child 44", which deals with the investigation of children`s murders in the period of Joseph Stalin, lost the distribution license.

The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation said to "Interfax", the film was removed from Russian cinemas due to the distortion of historical facts.

"On previewing of the film "Child 44", the Ministry of Culture received questions regarding the contents of the film: primarily regarding the distortion of historical facts and particular interpretations of the events happened before, during and after the Great Patriotic War, as well as regarding the image and characters of the Soviet citizens of that historical era," says the statement of the Ministry of Culture".

Two days before the screening, a group of experts watched the film and concluded that it couldn`t run in Russian cinemas.

"On April 14, experts, the Ministry of Culture representatives, the Russian distributor "Central Partnership" and the media watched the final version of the film. The distributors and the Ministry of Culture representatives shared their opinion: the screening of such film is unacceptable before the 70th anniversary of the Victory Day," says the statement.

According to the Ministry of Culture representative, "Central Partnership" recalled the application to obtain the distribution license itself, "assuming all the ensuing commercial consequences of the decision."

The Russian premiere of the film was to be held simultaneously with the world one. There`s a Russian film trailer available online. Currently, the movie has the rating of 7.1 out of 10 on imdb site, and the Rotten Tomatoes rating is to be determined.

Text and pictures by INTERFAX.RU