Crazy Wedding keeps conquering the world: local adaptation rights sold to Romania

• 18.04.2019

Romania followed the Baltic countries in acquiring the rights to Crazy Wedding comedy concept. Our Romanian counterparts got inspired and fascinated with the success of Crazy Wedding in Ukraine and decided to film their similar story. With this aim, Vertical Content acquired concept rights to produce the film’s local version based on the Ukrainian comedy.

We are extremely delighted that our idea has found such support among European colleagues. This confirms once again that Ukrainian cinema has made it to the new level, and along with that, to the international market. We are proud of being pioneers and demonstrating on our own successful case the wide opportunities Ukrainian film products have. And this is not just successful Ukrainian release and TV premiere but also sales of international distribution rights, format and concept sales, content sales to VOD platforms, commercial screenings, etc.” says Iryna Kostyuk, producer.

"We are truly happy to be in business with Film UA Group and  are confident that the adaptation of Crazy Wedding in Romania will be a successful film in the local BO office" said Anca Truta, Managing Director of Vertical Content.

According to previous reports, ACME Film (Lithuania) has acquired rights for local adaptation of Crazy Wedding Ukrainian comedy in Lithuania, with an option to produce Latvian and Estonian versions. 

Negotiations with other countries and sales of rights to a range of platforms are ongoing. 

Crazy Wedding authors are already working on creating Crazy Wedding 2. The audience will see their favorite characters and new trials and tribulations Vasyl Seredyuk has to go through. The team keeps plot details in the strictest secret.

Just a reminder: Crazy Wedding won at X-Ray Marketing Awards 2018 in Hidden Advertising of the Year nomination and received a prize for collaboration with ROZETKA, Nova Poshta, Oschadbank and Malynivka brands. 

#BestComedyoftheYear was widely released in Ukraine on October 4 and as of 2018 has set two national records: box office among all Ukrainian films and amount of viewers coming to see a film produced in Ukraine. The film’s box office amounted to almost 55 million UAH; it was viewed in the cinemas by over 657 thousand people. Besides, the comedy broke the record of the previous decade and became the most popular film on television since 2009 by all main audiences. On January 1, Crazy Wedding was watched on 1+1 TV channel by 4,279,876 viewers. In total, about 9 million viewers have already seen the film on various platforms.

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What the film is about: Director of district museum of local lore Vasyl Seredyuk, having sent his daughter Katya to study in France, never expected such a twist: a month ago she informed she was getting married to a French heart surgeon named François.

“The Seredyuks are a European family!” – this was the slogan everybody in the district heard personally from Vasyl. Imagine his surprise when he saw that the coveted European son-in-law is a Frenchman of African origin.

Organizing a wedding so that it never takes place seems like a brilliant idea. But when real love is in the way, the success of such plan is not a given.

Genre: crazy comedy

Timing: 92 mins

Premiere: October 4, 2018

Distributor: MMD

Director: Vlad Dykyi

DOP: Tim Avramchuk

Producers: Yuriy Gorbunov, Iryna Kostyuk, Nadiya Korotushka

Co-producer: MOZGI Entertainment

Music producer: Oleksiy Potapenko (Potap)

Screenwriters: Mykola Kutsyk, Oleksiy Prykhodko

Cast: Nazar Zadniprovsky, Jimmy Voha-Voha, Polina Vasylyna, Oleksandr Kobzar, Vira Kobzar, Lesya Samayeva, Inna Prykhodko, Aram Arzumanyan, Yuriy Gorbunov, Oleksiy Potapenko (Potap), MONATIK, Oleg Vynnyk, Oleksiy Suprun, Anastasia Orudzhova, Viktor Rozovyi, Svyatoslav Antypov, and others.

Production: Prototyp Production, FILM.UA Group with the support of Ukrainian State Film Agency

Before, Prototyp Production struck a deal with FILM.UA Group on providing a full package of services on special conditions for production, promotion and distribution of Crazy Wedding according to  FILM.UA Group package proposal for projects supported by Ukrainian State Film Agency.