Read Time Out's picks of your annual dose of Russian cinema
The 2016 Russian Resurrection Film Festival will screen films ranging from a digitally restored version of Sergei Eisenstein’s once-banned Ivan the Terrible (1944) to recent blockbusters such as Flight Crew, the biggest film at Russian box office this year.
From award-winning director Kirill Serebrennikov, The Student depicts a hyper-devout teenager, Veniamin, in spiritual crisis and starting to see the world around him as evil and heretical.
Moscow Never Sleeps
Five characters’ lives intersect in Moscow – a teenage girl, a singer, an entrepreneur, a film star and a conflicted young man – in a film capturing all the energy of the capital.
A young pilot decides to fly to the epicentre of an earthquake in an attempt to rescue stranded civilians in this smash-hit action-adventure flick.
The Good Boy
This comedy depicts six days in the life of a lovestruck 16 year old as he falls in love with his teacher, fights the school bully and puts up with his eccentric family.
Based on a true story, Icebreaker is a nail-biter. The argumentative crew of the Gromov is cornered by glaciers near Antarctica and spends 133 freezing days trapped in the ice amid catastrophic storm conditions.
Period drama The Duelist follows a retired military officer on the run from the law and falling in love with his enemy’s fiancé.
This nutty romcom, featuring Australian actor Martin Dingle Wall, has an absurd plot centered on gooseberry jam.
An acclaimed 1971 adaptation of the Shakespearean classic, Grigori Kozintsev’s film tells the story of a ruler dividing his kingdom amongst his daughters. The rousing score was composed by Dmitri Shostakovich.
Ivan the Terrible Parts I and II
Ivan the Terrible (1942-46) is the epic tale of a Russian Tsar by one of filmmaking’s true visionaries, Sergei Eisenstein. Commissioned by Stalin, who ended up banning Part II, the film became a symbol of the Soviet regime.
A 1938 classic, Eisenstein’s Alexander Nevsky is about the 13th century invasion of Russia by the Teutonic Knights and the prince who took them on against the odds.