Netflix buys screening rights to ‘Rhino,’ a film by Ukrainian filmmaker and former Kremlin's political prisoner Oleg Sentsov

8 February 2022, 09:12 AM

Netflix, the U.S. video streaming service, has acquired the rights to screen the Ukrainian film “Rhino” by Oleg Sentsov, the famed Ukrainian filmmaker and former political prisoner has announced on his Facebook page.

“Rhino,” a crime drama, will be released on Netflix at the end of this spring. It’s Senstov’s second full-length feature film, and will be released in Ukraine on Feb. 17, 2022.

The film, based on a true story, follows a man nicknamed “Rhino” into the bloody criminal underworld of ‘90s Ukraine, with all of its attendant risks and dangers, where Rhino ends up somewhere he would have never expected.

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It was filmed in Kryvyi Rih, Lviv, and Kyiv and principal photography ended in December 2020.

The titular character is played by activist Serhii Filimonov.

The world premiere of the film took place at the 78th Venice International Film Festival in the Orizzonti (Horizons) section, while the Ukrainian premiere took place last fall during the Kyiv Critics' Week.

Sentsov, a Crimean native who opposed the Russian occupation of the peninsula, spent five years in various Russian detention facilities before being freed in a 2019 prisoner swap.

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