Russian Film Festival 2021
Discover the best contemporary Russian cinema in a month-long online festival in collaboration with ROSKINO.
The Siege of Leningrad, the Bolshoi Theatre, Leo Tolstoy and Konstantin Stanislavski may all be familar elements from Russian culture and history, but their representations amid these startling ten features are anything but. This collection of new features – many of which only played Russian cinemas as recently as this year – showcase the impressive range and originality of contempoary Russian filmmaking. While festival favourites like Aleksey Fedorchenko and Andrey Zaitsev may be known names to some, there are number of notable debut features here from prodigious new talents, waiting to be discovered.
Russian Film Festival 2021 runs from 12 November - 10 December 2021 and is organised in collaboration with ROSKINO, a state organisation representing the Russian audiovisual content industry internationally with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Russian Cinema Fund.
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Drama2021119 minsDirector: Andrey Zaytsev
Visually stunning recreation of the longest siege in history, and its horrific effects on the inhabitants of Leningrad, during the Second World War.
Drama202198 minsDirector: Aleksandr Molochnikov
When his parents divorce and his mother moves to the United States, 11-year-old Sasha of St. Petersburg, Russia is pulled apart emotionally between two parents, both of whom he loves, and two cultures.
Drama202193 minsDirector: Aleksey Kozlov
A law professor struggles with his conscience after his brother's disappearance, in this Kafkaesque drama set in the Soviet era.
Drama2021110 minsDirector: Aleksey Fedorchenko
The latest work by Russian filmmaker Aleksei Fedorchenko (Silent Souls) is a psychoanalytical whodunit that revolves around the roles that apple seeds, melancholy, and cinema play in people’s lives.
Historical drama2018109 minsDirector: Avdotya Smirnova
A soldier condemned to execution enlists the help of legendary literary figure Leo Tolstoy to back his case.
Drama2017132 minsDirector: Valeriy Todorovskiy
Valeriy Todorovskiy's engaging drama (filmed at the actual Bolshoi Theatre) follows the story of a young provincial girl who dreams of becoming a ballerina.
Documentary202184 minsDirector: Julia Bobkova
The story of Konstantin Sergeevich Stanislavsky – the leading theatrical theorist of the 20th century.