Films in the Russian language
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Certification12 Our Rating

The surface of ceremonies and rituals celebrating the coronation of King Claudius (Mikhail Nazvanov) and his marriage to Hamlet's mother (Elza Radzina) leaves the young prince indifferent. Hamlet's melancholic nature finds no relief from his brooding, not even in his courtship of Ophelia (Anastasiya Vertinskaya). However, a nocturnal visit from his father's ghost changes everything. Claudius treachery having been brought to light, Hamlet conducts a quest to avenge his father's death.
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Certification18 Our Rating
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Certification12 Our Rating
A polar station on a desolate island in the Arctic Ocean. Sergei, a seasoned meteorologist, and Pavel, a recent college graduate, are spending months in complete isolation on the once strategic research base. Pavel receives an important radio message and is still trying to find the right moment to tell the imposing Sergei, when fear, lies and suspicions start poisoning the atmosphere. A taut and intense drama. find out more...
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Certification12 Our Rating
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CertificationPG Our Rating
A masterpiece of Soviet Socialist Realism. In 1547, Ivan IV (1530-1584), archduke of Moscow, crowns himself Tsar of Russia and sets about reclaiming lost Russian territory. In scenes of his coronation, his wedding to Anastasia, his campaign against the Tartars in Kazan, his illness when all think he will die, recovery, campaigns in the Baltic and Crimea, self-imposed exile in Alexandrov, and the petition of Muscovites that he return, his enemies among the boyars threaten his success. Chief among find out more...
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CertificationPG Our Rating
Ivan takes on the boyars in a battle for power in the second part of Eisenstein's projected trilogy. This was not released till 1958 as Stalin sensed its critical nature, especially its depictation of the secret police. Eisenstein's untimely death robbed us of the chance to see the final part. A Classic. find out more...
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Certification15 Our Rating
It is the height of the Second World War and twelve-year-old Ivan has lost his entire family to the Nazis, sworn to avenging their deaths he joins a Russian partisan regiment and later an army unit as a scout. The non-linear storyline follows his increasingly perilous missions through the forbidden lines and contrasts his childhood against the reality of life on the Eastern Front. find out more...
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Certification12 Our Rating
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KOKTEBEL (2003)
Certification12 Our Rating
Koktebel – a resort town in the Crimea – is the holy grail for a father and his young son, whom we first encounter wandering along a remote, rural road. ‘Are we going to walk all the way?' asks the little boy. ‘No – we're going to take a taxi,' replies his dad sardonically, hinting at the quiet, often unspoken and restrained drama that will unfold. 'Koktobel' explores a fragile father-son relationship that is clearly informed by past events of which we know (and discover) very little. There's a find out more...
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Certification15 Our Rating

In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.

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LOVELESS (2017)
Certification15 Our Rating

A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments. —Janon

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MIRROR (1974)
CertificationU Our Rating
Tarkovsky's extraordinary montage of images that attempt to reflect both his own upbringing, and the history of his native Soviet Union. He uses an intercut series of semi-documentary pieces, mixed with occasional poetic narrative (courtesy of his father!). A remarkably vivid and personal film. find out more...
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Certification15 Our Rating
Roaming the streets of Moscow, unseen by normal humans, are the nightwatch, a group of altruistic supernatural do-gooders who keep the dark forces of chaos at bay once us mere more mortals have turned in for the night. Inadvertently caught up in this relentless battle is Anton, an insomniac tortured by the death of his son, and on this fateful night the world as it truly exists is made apparent to him. Nightwatch is an epic extravaganza, the striking special effects and over all ‘look', allowing find out more...
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CertificationU Our Rating
The much loved Chrismas ballet, performed by the Bolshoi,Ballet and choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich. Wonderful costumes and sets complement the Tchaikovsky score. find out more...
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Certification18 Our Rating
Johann is a charming and manipulative photographer, in turn of the 20th Century St Petersburg, who peddles images of bare bottomed women being flogged. Worming his way into the lives of two wealthy families he uses their beautiful young daughters as subjects for his films. Of Freaks and Men is a dark and fascinating tale that cruises the bourgeoisies hypocritical predilection with sex. Not to everyone's taste but a fine piece of surreal and visually striking cinema. find out more...
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Certification15 Our Rating
Four short stories all taking place at the same time, while an imaginary European Cup final is on. Moscow; an English girl is robbed at gunpoint, but an elderly witness offers her assistance, (see piccie to the right). Istanbul; in order to claim on his travel insurance a young German backpacker claims he was robbed. Santiago de Compostela; (OK it's in Spain), a naive Hungarian tourist is relieved of his camera and all his digitally stored photos. Berlin; a desperate pair of young French street find out more...
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Certification15 Our Rating
A young Russian conscript and his sergeant are captured by a band of Chechnian guerillas and held hostage in their remote and beautiful mountain village while their lives are bartered with their slobbish military superior. Brilliantly portrayed are the ever evolving relationships between both prisoners and captors in this award winning beautifully crafted adaptation of a Tolstoy tale with superb scenery, great acting and a high authenticity factor. find out more...
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CertificationU Our Rating
A groundbreaking film that is shot in a single unedited take, beginning with guests arriving for a ball at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and ending as they sedately disperse after the evening's entertainment. In between these two bookends an unnamed 19th century diplomat wanders the Hermitage corridors and salons examining the artwork and witnessing scenes from three hundred years of the building's history. Perhaps surprisingly, given the historical figures and the history of the Romonov monu find out more...
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Certification15 Our Rating

A man and his companion go on a journey to cremate the dead body of the former beloved wife, on a riverbank in the area where they spent their honeymoon. "As it starts rolling it is mostly just two players working their ways around each other, portraying their odd lives with perfection. The story is amazing, the way they go through it is maddening and reminding of a lot of other strange road trips. The Straight Story and Cargo 200 come to mind." Pascal Zinken.

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SOLARIS (1972)
CertificationPG Our Rating
Tarkovsky's masterpiece - often described as the Russian version of 2001. Madness threatens all those who work on the space station that orbits the mysterious planet Solaris and the newcomer Chris Kelvin is doubly haunted by memories of his dead wife. A great metaphor for inner development. find out more...