A heartbreaking and tragic story about the events that involved Count Leo Tolstoy himself. A war crime is committed in an infantry regiment in the Tula region, where lieutenant Gregory Kolokoltsev – inspired by progressive ideas – sets off to do military service from the capital. The soldier, who is charged with the crime, faces a military tribunal and execution. Kolokoltsev turns for help to Count Tolstoy, who decides to defend the innocent. An edgy story, based on real events, about the complexity of choice and commitment to one's ideals.
Biopic 1992 202 mins Director: Spike Lee
Denzel Washington takes the lead in one of the great screen biopics, directed by Spike Lee.
Historical drama 1981 157 mins Director: Werner Herzog
One of Werner Herzog's most acclaimed and audacious films, Fitzcarraldo tells the incredible story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an opera-loving fortune hunter who dreams of bringing opera to the heart of the Peruvian jungle.
Historical drama 1972 94 mins Director: Werner Herzog
This early masterpiece from Werner Herzog stars Klaus Kinski as a power-crazed explorer in sixteenth-century South America who leads a band of conquistadors through the Amazon in search of El Dorado.
Historical drama 1976 85 mins Director: Derek Jarman
A distinctly bold and sensual reclaiming of gay history, Jarman here tells the sexually intense story of the 4th-century martyr.
Biopic 1988 84 mins Director: Terence Davies
Terence Davies' debut feature is a remarkable evocation of working-class family life in the 40s and 50s and a visionary exploration of memory.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1968 80 mins Director: Sergei Paradjanov
The film that Martin Scorsese compared to ‘opening a door and walking into another dimension, where time has stopped and beauty has been unleashed’.
Russian Film Festival 2021
Drama 2021 86 mins Director: Anastasiya Palchikova
A young woman returns to her hometown to confront the gang of hoodlums who protected her when she was growing up.
Drama 2021 119 mins Director: 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.
Drama 2021 98 mins Director: 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.
Drama 2021 93 mins Director: Aleksey Kozlov
A law professor struggles with his conscience after his brother's disappearance, in this Kafkaesque drama set in the Soviet era.
Drama 2021 110 mins Director: 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.
Drama 2017 132 mins Director: 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.
Drama 2002 84 mins Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Two sons struggle to make sense of their father’s sudden disappearance in Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's vivid drama.
Drama 1988 100 mins Director: Claire Denis
Claire Denis' fully formed debut offers a child’s-eye-view of racial and sexual tension that bubbles with unspoken desires.
Drama 1973 119 mins Director: Liliana Cavani
Dirk Bogarde and Charlotte Rampling star in this controversial story of the profoundly disturbing relationship between a former SS officer a concentration camp survivor.
Drama 2015 318 mins Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
A group of thirty-something women find their friendship tested by their differing attitudes to work, love and sex in the city of Kobe, Japan.
Drama 2019 80 mins Director: Samuel Van Grinsven
Sexual obsessions spiral dangerously out of control in this altogether different coming-of-age tale.
Drama 2018 120 mins Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Do we ever really get over our first love? Asako is about to find out, in this quirky romantic drama with a dash of the uncanny.