Siberia (2018 film)

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SIBERIA Theatrical+Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Matthew Ross
Produced by
  • Stephen Hamel
  • Braden Aftergood
  • Gabriela Bacher
  • Dave Hansen
Written by Scott B. Smith
Story by Stephen Hamel
Music by
  • Daniel Bensi
  • Saunder Jurriaans
Cinematography Eric Koretz
Edited by Louise Ford
Distributed by Saban Films
Release date
  • July 13, 2018 (2018-07-13) (United States)
Running time
104 minutes
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Germany

Siberia is a 2018 romantic crime thriller directed by Matthew Ross and written by Scott B. Smith from a story by Stephen Hamel. It stars Keanu Reeves, Ana Ularu, Pasha D. Lychnikoff and Molly Ringwald.


The film tells the story of an American diamond merchant (Reeves), who travels to Russia to sell rare blue diamonds of questionable origin. As the deal begins to collapse he falls into an obsessive and passionate relationship with a Russian cafe owner (Ularu) in a small Siberian town Mirny. As their relationship builds, so does the treacherous world of the diamond trade from which he is unable to extricate himself.



In February 2017, it was announced Keanu Reeves had been cast in the film, with Matthew Ross directing from a screenplay by Scott B. Smith. Stephen Hamel, Reeves, and Gabriela Bacher will produce the film under their Company Films, Summerstorm Productions banners respectively.[1] In April 2017, Aleks Paunovic, Pasha D. Lychnikoff, Ana Ularu, and Molly Ringwald joined the cast of the film.[2][3]


Production began in May 2017.[4] Some scenes have been filmed in Saint Petersburg; Siberian scenes have also been filmed in Manitoba, Canada, including the small town of Cooks Creek, Manitoba[5]


In May 2018, Saban Films acquired distribution rights to the film.[6] It was released on August 6, 2018.[7]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 12% based on 34 reviews, with an average rating of 4.1/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Icily inhospitable to compelling performances or a sensible narrative, Siberia offers audiences a harsh and seemingly interminable exile from entertainment."[8] Metacritic gives the film a weighted average score of 33 out of 100, based on reviews from 10 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[9]


  1. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (February 1, 2017). "Keanu Reeves Heading To 'Siberia' With 'Frank & Lola' Director Matthew Ross – Berlin". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  2. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (April 5, 2017). "Aleks Paunovic Books Two Roles; Catherine Siggins Lands 'The Samuel Project'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  3. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (April 27, 2017). "Keanu Reeves Starring Thriller 'Siberia' Rounds Its Cast; Magda Apanowicz To Co-Star In 'Volition'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  4. ^ Garcia, Daniella (May 16, 2017). "Cannes First Look: Keanu Reeves Dives Into Diamond Trade in 'Siberia' (Exclusive Image)". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  5. ^ "Siberia (2018): Filming & Production". IMDb. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  6. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (May 11, 2018). "Saban Films Snaps Up North American Rights To Keanu Reeves Crime Thriller 'Siberia' – Cannes". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  7. ^ "Siberia". Village East Cinema. City Cinemas. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  8. ^ "Siberia (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  9. ^ "Siberia Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 13, 2018.

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