Russian Film Collection

By director




American Daughter Shakhnazakov, Karen 1995 Американская дочь A lonely Russian man travels all the way to America to visit his daughter, who lives with her mother. (Comedy, Drama)
Ascent Sheptiko, Larisa 1977 Ascent: Eclipse Series 11 The dramatic story of two Soviet Partisans on a hunt for food in the deep winter, who get arrested by Nazi soldiers. Only one will live. (Historical Drama)
Attraction Bondarchuk, Fyodor 2017 Притяжение An alien spacecraft crash lands in Moscow’s Chertanova district. (Science-fiction)
Banishment, The Zvyagintsev, Andrei 2007 Изгнание An adaptation of the 1953 novel The Laughing Matter by William Saroyan. It tells the story of a family who discovers a dark side to the pastoral countryside they are visiting.   (Drama)
Battalion Meshiev, Dimitriy 2015 Батальон The story of the first Russian Women’s Battalion of Death, during WWI, who were used a propaganda by the government. (Drama, Action)
Battle for Sevastopol Mokritskiy, Sergey 2015 Битва за Севастополь A women fighting in WWII gets injured in battle and travels to America for another chance to fight. (Drama, Romance)
Blockade Landscape Revue Loznitsa, Sergei 2005               2003                   2008 Блокада  Пейзаж               Представление In BLOCKADE, Loznitsa draws on three-and-a-half hours of silent footage acquired from the St. Petersburg Studio of Documentary Films to detail the siege of Leningrad for a film devoid of narration and featuring only the natural sounds of the streets. In LANDSCAPE, Loznitsa records the inhabitants of the Russian village Okulovka while they wait at a bus stop in the middle of winter. In REVUE, the director uses archive propaganda material produced in the Soviet Union during the 1950s and 60s to show juxtaposing images of Socialist realism art with film depicting the harsh realities of human suffering and poverty.
Bummer Buslov, Pyotr 2003 Бумер Four friends in Moscow get in trouble with the law and have to flee in a black BMW. (Drama, Crime)
Brest Fortress, The Kott, Alexander 2010 Брестская крепость A story about the defense of Brest Fortress during WWII, by the Soviet army against the Nazi’s. (Drama, Action)
Chapaev Vasilyevs, Georgii and Sergei 1934 Чапаев Based on the novel by the same name, this is a fictionalized story of the real-life Red Army Commander, and Russian Civil War hero, Vasily Ivanovich Chapaev. (Historical Drama)
Dawns are Quiet Here, The Epanchintsev, Matvey 2015 А зори здесь тихие May of 1942 Senior Sergeant Vaskov replaces his drunken men in battle with a new all-female unit. (Drama, History)
Dreaming of Space Uchitel, Alexei 2005 Космос как предчувствие 1957: a regular Russian man and the people around him, await the big changes that are happening in the world. (Drama, Romance)
Dubrovskiy Vartanov, Aleksandr & Mikhanovsky, Kirill 2013 Дубровский Based on the Pushkin novel by the same name, this story follows a successful banker and his love affair with a women he shouldn’t be with. (Drama)
Edge, The Uchitel, Alexei 2010 Край Ignat arrives at a Siberian labor camp after his service in WWII. (Drama, Romance)
Elena  Zvyaginstev, Andrey 2011 Елена A dutiful housewife loses her only chance for supporting her grown son and his family. (Drama)
Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka (The Night before Christmas) Rou, Aleksandr 1961 Вечера на хуторе близ Диканьки Based on the series of short stories written by Nikolai Gogol, this is a fantastic tale about one man’s quest for a different kind of love and how the devil plays their part in these affairs. (Fantasy)
Flight Crew Lebedev, Nikolay 2016 Экипаж The crew of a Russian airliner receives a distress signal from a volcanic island. (Disaster-film, Thriller)
Gagarin, First in Space Parkhomenko, Pavel 2013 Гагарин. Первый в космосе The story of the first man in space (1961), Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. (Docudrama, Drama)
Geographer Drank His Globe Away, The Veledinsky, Alexander 2013 Географ глобус пропил Biologist Viktor Sluzhkin becomes a teacher, bonds with his students and writes about his experiences. (Drama, Adventure)
Giselle’s Mania Uchitel, Alexei 1995 Мания Жизели The story of Russian ballerina Olga Spessivtseva who became famous for her role in the 1920 production, “Giselle.” (Drama, Biography)
Hipsters Todorovsky, Valery 2008 Стиляги While the Cold War heats up on the world stage, rebellious youth in 1955 Moscow wage a cultural battle against dismal Soviet conformity, donning brightly colored black-market clothing, adopting American nicknames and reveling in forbidden jazz. Straight-laced 20-year-old Communist Mels finds these brazen ‘hipsters’ shocking until he falls under the spell of one, namely Polly, and joins the new revolution. Soon he’s a peacock, cavorting in the latest flashy fashions, sporting an enormous pompadour and wailing on the saxophone.
Guardians Andreasyan, Sarik 2017 Защитники A team of former Soviet superheroes, is dispatched to combat against destructive robots. (Science-fiction, Action)
Inadequate People Karimov, Roman 2011 Неадекватные люди Our main character, Vitaliy seems pretty adequate, with a desk job and a personal therapist, that is until he drinks himself into a depression and tries to date an underage girl.How can you really tell if you’re adequate? (Comedy)
In the Fog Loznitsa, Sergei 2012 В тумане Western frontiers of the USSR, 1942. The region is under German occupation. A man is wrongly accused of collaboration. Desperate to save his dignity, he faces impossible moral choice.
It Doesn’t Hurt Me Balabanov, Aleksei 2006 Мне не больно Three young people in Moscow, two in love, and one dying. (Drama, Romance)
Last Station, The Hoffman, Michael 2009 A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things.
Living Sigarev, Vassily 2012 Жить People surviving in a wintry Russian province. (Drama)
Maidan Loznitsa, Sergei 2014 Майдан The film focuses on the Euromaidan movement of 2013 and 2014 in Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Ukraine‘s capital Kiev. It was filmed during the protests and depicts different aspects of the revolution, from the peaceful rallies to bloody clashes between police and civilians.
Master and Margarita, The Kara, Yuri 2011 Мастер и Маргарита Based on the novel by the same name, this is the story of the devil visiting the officially atheistic Soviet Union. (Fantastic)
Metro Megerdichev, Anton 2013 Метро Passengers aboard a subway train become trapped as flood waters enter the metro. (Disaster-film, Thriller)
My Joy Loznitsa, Sergei 2010 Радость моя The story about a few days in the life of truck driver Georgi seems to be a never-ending nightmare, a spiral of violence and abuses of power. A man goes to work and on his way he is sucked into the everyday madness of his country, losing his health and memory in the process.
Needle, The Nugmanov, Rashid 1988 Игла One mans fight against the local mafia which has taken over his life. (Thriller, Drama)
Night Watch Bekmambetov, Timur 2004 Ночной дозор A fantasy-thriller set in present-day Moscow where the respective forces that control daytime and nighttime do battle.
Ninth Company, The Bondarchuk, Fyodor 2005 Девятая рота Russian army recruits complete training and join the battle in late 1980’s Afghanistan. (Drama, Action)
October (Ten Days that Shook the World) Grigori Aleksandrov and Sergei Eisenstein 1928 Октябрь (десять дней, которые потрясли мир) A documentary style movie that covers the October Revolution and the fall of the Empire. (Historical Drama)
Overcoat, The Alberto Latuada 1952 Il Cappotto Based on a short story by Nikolai Gogol, this movie tells the tragic story of a menial worker in St. Petersburg (the film version is in Italy). (Fantasy)
Paper Soldier German Jr., Aleksey 2008 Бумажный солдат Two women who loved the same man, end up living together after his death. (Drama, Romance)
Piter FM Bychkova, Oksana 2006 Питер ФМ The story of two people who can never seem to find each other in order to fall in love. (Drama, Romance)
Pokrovsky Gate, The Kozakov, Mikhail 1982 Покровские ворота Based on the stageplay by Leonid Zorin, this is the story of how the lives of those in a communal apartment become intertwined. (Comedy)
Prisoner of the Mountains Bodrov, Sergei 1996 Кавказский пленник Two Russian soldiers, one battle-seasoned and the other barely into his boots and uniform, are taken prisoner by an anxious Islamic father from a remote village hoping to trade them for his captured son.
Satisfaction Grishkovets, Evgenii 2011 Сатисфакция Two men, duel it out in one long night. (Melodrama)
Short Stories Segal, Mikhail 2012 Рассказы A manuscript at a Russian publishing house mysteriously influences all who read it. (Drama, Mystery)
Taras Bulba Bortko, Vladimir 2009 Тарас бульба A man’s story of revenge after his wife and child have been murdered. (Drama, Action)
Viking Kravchuk, Andrei 2016 Викинг A historical movie about the prince Vladimir the Great, from Novgorod. (Drama, Action)
We’ll Live till Monday Rostotsky, Stanislav 1968 Доживём до понедельника A story about an average school in Moscow and all the problems and joys that the teachers and students there face. (Drama/Romance)
What Men Talk About Dyachenko, Dmitriy 2010 О чём говорит мужчины Based on the Russian play of a similar name, this is the story of men and their conversations about life (specifically women). (Comedy)
Wings Sheptiko, Larisa 1966 Wings: Eclipse Series 11 The story of the once famous fighter-pilot and Stalinist, Nadezhda Petrovna. (Historical Drama)




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