AK-47 Kalashnikov (2020 Film)

AK-47 Kalashnikov (known as «Калашников» in Russian) is a Russian film which chronicles the rise of inventor Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov, creator of one the most infamous weapons of the modern era, the AK-47 assault rifle. The film is currently available on Amazon. Released in February of 2020 by MPI Media Group and sponsored by the […]

Arrhythmia / Аритмия

Arrhythmia is a romantic drama examining the lives of the young married couple; Katya and Oleg. Oleg is a paramedic played by Aleksandr Yatensko, whilst his wife Katya, played by Irina Gorbacheva, works as a nurse in the emergency hospital. The young couple together battle alcoholism, work-life in the medical field, and a drowning relationship, […]

Звезда / The Star: Learning Russian Through Film

The 2014 film Звезда (The Star) is a satirical anti-fairytale written and directed by the esteemed Armenian-Russian film and TV producer, Anna Melikyan. While Melikyan’s art house work has won numerous awards and been given positive critical reviews, they have not been box office hits. Such is the case with The Star, which has earned […]

Русалка / Mermaid: Learn Russian through Film

Русалка (Mermaid) is a 2007 Russian arthouse film very loosely inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Little Mermaid.” It follows the tale of an eccentric and determined young girl as she ventures from her small beach town by the Black Sea to contemporary Moscow and adjusts to life in the bustling city while pursuing an […]

The Heritage of Love / Герой

The Heritage of Love (in Russian marketed as Герой, or Hero) is a romantic drama that takes place in dual time periods: during the Russian Revolution and the modern 20th century. The film follows the love tale of Duchess Vera Chernisheva played by Svetlana Ivanova, and Officer Andrey Petrovich Dolmatov played by pop singing sensation […]

Going Vertical / Движение вверх: Learning Russian Through Film

Движение вверх (known as Going Vertical or Three Seconds in English) broke the record of highest earning Russian film at the global box office shortly after its release in late 2017. According to Russia’s KinoPoisk, it earned a grand total of nearly sixty million dollars. Although the record has again been broken by other films, […]

Dovlatov / Довлатов: Learn Russian Through Film

The movie Довлатов (Dovlatov) originally premiered on 17 February at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival. The film was produced by Metrafilms, SAGa, and Art and Pop Corn, and was directed by Aleksei German Jr. The film is available on Netflix with English subtitles and on the Russian streaming service ivi, without subtitles. Довлатов is […]

Sobibor / Собибор

Sobibor was first released in Russia on May 3rd, 2018. It was released throughout the latter half of 2018 in several European countries, and in the United States in March of 2019. The film was directed and starred in by Konstantin Khabensky and produced by Fetisoff Illusion, ArtBox Company, and Visual Arts. The film won […]

10 Best Films of Eldar Ryazanov

Eldar Ryazanov is one of Russia’s most popular film directors. Holidays, especially New Year’s, Russia’s most important family holiday, are celebrated by, in part, watching his movies. Although Irony of Fate is the most popular and well-known for this, nearly any of Ryazanov’s films can be found playing in the background of festive family celebrations. […]

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