Joan Borsten Vidov and Costa Ronin at the OLEG screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival


Joan Borsten Vidov and Costa Ronin on the red carpet at the Newport Beach Film Festival

Costa Ronin on the red carpet for the OLEG screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival

An OLEG theatrical sheet

NEWPORT BEACH, California, United States, October 26, 2021 / – Producer Joan Borsten Vidov and Costa Ronin (The Americans, Homeland) who voices “young” Oleg Vidov in new feature documentary OLEG, stopped for pictures on the red carpet at the 22nd Newport Beach Film Festival.

The documentary is produced by Oleg Vidov’s widow, Joan Borsten Vidov, and features the voices of Brian Cox (Succession) as the film’s narrator and Russian-born actor Costa Ronin (Homeland, The Americans) who provides the voice of “Young Oleg” in the film.

OLEG is a new feature-length documentary about famous Soviet Russian cinema idol Oleg Vidov, by award-winning Australian director Nadia Tass, premiered in Southern California on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at The Lot at Fashion Island, Newport Beach, in California.

Despite being celebrated as one of the Soviet Union’s greatest movie stars, no celebrity could save Oleg Vidov from a system that tried to take control of his life. Born in Moscow, Russia during WWII, the film traces Oleg’s dramatic rise to stardom in the USSR and his three decades in Hollywood as an actor and producer after his defection from the Soviet Union in 1985. The film also documents the dark side of the prolific Soviet film industry and provides rare first-hand insight into the privileges and corruption of the Communist regime. Oleg managed to escape in 1985 and was granted asylum in the United States. Once there, Oleg began to reinvent himself in Hollywood, where he continued his film career starring in films such as “Red Heat” with Arnold Schwarzenegger, “Wild Orchid” with Mickey Rourke and “Thirteen Days” with Kevin Costner.

Costa Ronin, star of the hit series THE AMERICANS by FX Networks and also the award-winning series HOMELAND on Showtime Networks, is next set to star in a new international thriller called THE ENDGAME for the NBC network. The new drama series is slated for release in early 2022. Costa was joined at the screening by his wife Leah Ronin.

Joan Borsten Vidov is the widow of Oleg Vidov, the subject of this bold and inspiring new documentary. The film was based on the soon to be released autobiography of Oleg Vidov’s life. Mr. Vidov died in 2017 following a courageous battle with cancer.

For more information, assets or to show the film, contact:

Philippe Nakov
City PR
+1 747-283-1007
[email protected]


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