This controversial episodic Russian drama with political overtones drew the ire of censors in its native land and shared the top prize at the Rotterdam Film Festival. In the script by taboo challenger Vladimir Sorokin, three characters meet in a bar and their late-night conversation touches on cloning, politics and the nature of truth in modern Mother Russia. | Read More
At the outbreak of war, Veronica and Boris drift apart. When Boris is killed on the front lines, Veronica tries to find solace by marrying his cousin -- a mistake that will haunt her until she rediscovers life in a single act of human kindness. Under Kalatozov's elegant direction, and the free-flying camera of Sergei Urusevsky, The Cranes are Flying is an epic masterpiece about love, war and forgiveness. | Read More
One of the first major films of the post-Stalinist thaw and a 1957 Cannes award-winner, The Forty-First's remarkable power stems largely from the stunning camerawork of Sergei Urusevsky (The Cranes Are Flying, I Am Cuba), who creates a timeless landscape of sand, water, and sky for an unexpected love story between a female Red Army sniper and a White Army officer. | Read MoreDrama
A motivational speaker named Val Kilmer (played by Val Kilmer) delivers a sermon at a roller rink. A Russian scientist builds a time machine in his apartment. Four friends stumble upon an abandoned village in the Polish countryside. All are in search of the fourth dimension—whether they know it or not. Weird, ominous, cool, compelling: These three short films could only be inspired by the creative vision of Harmony Korine and Vice Media's Eddy Moretti. | Read More
Alexei Dmitriev creates a visual illustration of hermeneutics, the art of interpretation. With the cunning use of WWII footage, he creates what appears to be a typical war film, until everything changes. | Read MoreDocumentary
An 80-year-old man who recently lost his sight wants to remain useful. He makes knitted shopping nets while fighting with his cat -- a friend and enemy. He ventures outside, trying to give away the bags -- for free -- to people who only want to use plastic bags. A touching portrait of one man's yearning to be a part of society that values convenience over connection. | Read More
Lost in the snows of Russia during the final bitter winter of World War II, a German Army surgeon trudges from one surreal encounter to another. Oleg Lukichev's stark black-and-white cinematography captures all the misery and brutality of Eastern Front combat in this remarkably assured prizewinning debut from German, son of the legendary St. Petersburg director. | Read More
In this fast-paced remake of Johnnie To's Breaking News, the public confidence of the police force is compromised after they botch catching a gang of robbers and it gets captured on camera. In retaliation, the police chief and PR director decide to create a live reality show with a search-and-destroy operation against the gang they let get away. This crime thriller is loaded with loud gunfights and action that takes the term "media war" to a whole new level. | Read MoreDrama, Crime, Action, Thriller
This Russian sword-and-sorcery cum horror film sets the the Warriors of Light against the Warriors of Darkness and is based on a trilogy of novels by Sergei Lukyanenko. At home, the film smashed Russian box-office records, and its U.S. distributors are talking about "the new Peter Jackson".
A Fox Searchlight release. | Read More
American Hannah Marker is addicted to the American dollar. Desperate for a cure, she moves to Moscow, where she hopes to never see American dollars again. Her plan is going well until her Russian boyfriend begins to get her involved with corruption, bribes, the Russian mafia, and…American dollars. Hannah's addiction reemerges, and her journey through Moscow's underworld takes a bizarre turn when she crashes her car and emerges from the wreckage believing she is a Russian peasant. What's more, she now speaks fluent Russian... | Read MoreComedy and Animation
In this black-humored Russian Hamlet by one of Moscow's top theater directors, a young slacker receives nocturnal visits from his father's ghost and literally "plays the victim" in crime reconstruction videos. Observing a farcical justice system with a brash collage of visual styles, this acerbic depiction of contemporary Moscow chronicles Valya's dangerously escalating disgust with his world. Grand Prize Winner, Rome Film Festival.
| Read MoreCrime
Brooklyn-born John Forté was a Grammy-nominated musician in The Fugees at 21 and a federal prison inmate at 26. When his prison sentence was remarkably commuted in 2008, Forté was given a second chance to share his talents with the world. Chronicling his concert tour across Russia, this inspirational documentary takes us on Forté's personal journey—one that's as much about having his music heard as it is about hearing and learning from the music of others. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
This artfully nuanced, occasionally playful story of an anesthetist, whose daughter runs away just as he hits a rough patch with his mistress and his wife announces that she's unexpectedly pregnant, has been widely regarded as one of the best Russian films of the past year. | Read MoreDrama
In September 2004, as a horrifying episode in an ongoing conflict, a group of Chechen rebels occupied a school in the small Russian city of Beslan, taking some 1,200 people-most of them children-hostage. At the end of three days, over 330 were dead. Narrated by Julia Roberts, this film is a gripping and unsettling account of the tragedy. A Showtime presentation. | Read MoreDocumentary