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Roads to Koktebel (Koktebel) Russia Selected in Critic's Week at Cannes this year as the FIPRESCI Revelation of 2003, this emotionally engaging road movie, full of magical and arresting visuals, has won awards at international Film Festivals including Karlovy Vary and Moscow.After the death of his ... Read more
Robert: A Fortunate Life is Sokurov's key pictorial account of the work of Hubert Robert (1733-1808), a French painter who was representative of what Sokurov calls 'classic virtuosity'. ... "Sokurov is perhaps the most ambitious and original serious filmmaker, working anywhere in the world today ... Read more
“Dignifies the struggles of powerless people and holds a sobering mirror up to a superpower.” - Sundance Film Festival ... A startling work of investigative journalism, Russian Lessons sees its two filmmaker-protagonists, Olga Konskaya and Andrei Nekrasov, report from different posts on the ... Read more
A momentous day in the life of a small boy who lives in a remote, picturesque mountain village in Kyrghyzstan. On this day he passes into a new stage of life - not yet adult but no longer a baby. ... Read more
"Lyrical and mysterious... takes the viewer on a voyage into the human soul." - Hollywood Reporter ... Silent Souls follows Aist, a professional photographer and writer, and his boss Miron, as they travel through Russia on a mission to cremate Miron's beloved wife. As two descendants of the Merja ... Read more
Sonhos de Peixe screened as part of International Critic's Week at Cannes Film Festival and won the Prix Regards Jeune. A village romance clashes with big city dreams in this engaging love story from Russian-born filmmaker Kirill Mikhanovsky. Jusce enjoys a simple life in a small fishing village in ... Read more
The Stroll (Progulka) Russia Overflowing with bountiful energy and plenty of charm, The Stroll is a cinematic adrenaline rush that follows three energetic, youthful Russians on a real-time romantic journey through the bustling streets of St. Petersburg.The curvaceous blonde Olya steps from a ... Read more
Mrs Beetle is involved with a grasshopper artist while Mr Beetle is seeing a dragonfly cabaret performer in Starewicz's parody of human infidelities. An intricate insect drama of (f)lies, deceit and the just revenge of the cinematographer (Starewicz perhaps?). ... "One of his earlier films, made ... Read more
It's September 1944 and Finland is on the brink of abandoning its treaty with Germany and conceding territory to the advancing Soviet Red Army. On a desolate landscape Veiko, a Finnish soldier is abandoned by a bunch of Germans, tied to a rock and dressed in a SS uniform, designed to attract the ... Read more
University Professor Mitya (Oleg Yankovskiy, who worked with Tarkovsky on The Mirror and Nostalgia) has just suffered the death of his wife. His teenage son, Petya, stricken with grief, suggests that his mother's death was caused by stress. Perplexed at this suggestion, Mitya rifles through his ... Read more
'That's it, no vodka at least a week before the film festival!' A strange and absurd re-telling of Russian history applied with beautiful thick painterly animation. What animation was made for. If only all revisionists could be this funny. ... Read more
Private Ryan hits the Russian Front in 1944. 'The Star' is the call sign of an elite reconnaissance detachment ordered deep behind enemy line to cause as much havoc as possible and gather information about German invasion plans. In broken and covert contact with a solitary female radio operator ... Read more
“Wonderfully eccentric and fascinating.” - The New York Times ... Celebrated Russian master, Aleksandr Sokurov, continues his portraits of fading totalitarian leaders with this epic work, the third in a series that first looked at Hitler (Moloch) then Lenin (Taurus) and now Japanese Emperor ... Read more
The classic Hans Christian Andersen tale gets a glorious stop-motion makeover at the hands of legendary Russian animator Garri Bardin. ... In a farmyard populated with roosters, hens, ducks and geese, a strange-looking duckling is born. Shunned by the others for looking different, our plucky avian ... Read more
Set in Chechnya and England, The War is an adventure story that mixes satire, action and broad humour to expose the brutalities of war. ... During the war in Chechnya, guerilla fighters take as hostages a group of rebels, that include an English actor John, his Danish fiancee, Margaret and three ... Read more
“So we ask a question: what if we punch the cops in the face? What will happen?” ... Revered by the likes of Banksy and Brian Eno, the members of Russian collective Voina (War) have gained notoriety for public ‘actions' that have landed their leaders in jail. In Tomorrow filmmaker and former ... Read more
Leningrad, 19 July 1961. A summer's day and the newspapers are full of the usual articles. The world is (un)comfortably entangled in the Cold War. An average day in Leningrad: 101 babies are born in the Soviet city, 51 girls and 50 boys. One of them is filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky. ... St ... Read more
"The shape of a dark world - in both senses of the word - comes into view in slow pans which are only interrupted by cuts to a new location. We see the facades of dockland buildings, the catacomb-like arches of a sewerage system and coffin-like rooms of apartments on large housing estates. ... "The ... Read more
... ... An intelligent, zany fantasy, as whimsical and light as air, Window to Paris nonetheless falls squarely into a whole new genre of Russian film—the comedy of capitalism. ... ... ... Like the rest of Russia, Tchiyov is trying to cope with the confusion after the fall of commu­nism ... Read more
“An allegory about Russia itself, seen here [as] a sort of spiritual Hotel California, from which, to paraphrase the Eagles, you can check out but you can never leave.” - Variety ... Yuri's Day tells the story of the famous opera star Lyubov, as she returns to her rural hometown with her ... Read more
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