Now in its 13th year, The Russian Resurrection Film Festival will showcase a range of films synonymous with Russian Resurrection, the largest Festival of Russian Cinema outside of Russia today.
The growth of the festival has been quite extraordinary. Since its beginnings in 2003, when it was a small festival for the Russian community, the Russian Resurrection Film Festival has grown rapidly, tripling in size and geographic reach – covering Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and New Zealand. The festival has been expanding Russian cinema and culture Australia-wide to become one of the oldest, largest and most respected Russian film festivals outside of Russia.
This year the festival has no shortage of highlights! There are two huge blockbusters: Flight Crew – the number one film at the 2016 Russian Box Office, and Icebreaker, an action adventure tale based on real events, and featuring at Brisbane’s opening night ahead of its Russian release! Other standouts include the winner of this year’s audience award at Sochi Open Russian Film Festival – the delightful comedy, The Good Boy and recent Cannes Film Festival hit, The Student, from director Kirill Serebrennikov that won the François Chalais Award for its dedication to the values of life affirmation and of journalism.
The program will screen from November 2 to November 9 at Event Cinemas Myer Centre and debuts the very best cinema Eastern Europe has to offer. Tickets are now on sale! Get social and share the word – #RRFF2016.
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Films not to miss:
Flight Crew (2016)
DIRECTOR: Nikolai Lebedev
CAST: Danila Kozlovsky, Vladimir Mashkov, Agne Grudyte, Katerina Shpitsa, Sergey Kempo
A remake of the 1979 Russian blockbuster disaster movie, Flight Crew was the number one film at the 2016 Russian Box Office and sits inside the top six for all-time money-earners. During a flight to Asia the crew on board a passenger jet receives a message about an earthquake and makes the call to go to the epicenter of the disaster and evacuate the stranded people before the volcano erupts. A dangerous rescue mission ensues where working together is the crew’s only chance for survival. Flight Crew stars Russia’s biggest names in acting today – Danila Kozlovsky (Legend 17, Soulless 1 and 2) and Vladimir Mashkov (Kandahar, The Edge, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol).
DIRECTOR: Nikolai Homeriki
CAST: Pyotr Fyodorov, Sergei Puskepalis, Anna Mikhalkova, Olga Filimonova, Alexander Yatsenko
Icebreaker is based on real events that took place in 1985. A huge iceberg stands in the way of icebreaker “Mikhail Gromov”. Avoiding collision, the ship nonetheless falls into an ice trap and is forced to drift near the coast of Antarctica. The crew of “Gromov” spent 133 days of polar night trying to find a way out of ice trap. The ominous silence and freezing temperatures create an eerie atmosphere that plunges audiences right into the middle of a lethal situation. Huge icebergs, little fuel and freezing temperatures mean that just one wrong decision will lead to a deadly end for the entire crew. From the makers of Metro (2013), this is a big budget disaster movie with an all-star cast. Viewers should strap themselves in tightly.
The Good Boy (2016)
DIRECTOR: Oksana Karas
CAST: Semyon Treskunov, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Mikhail Efremov, Anastasia Bogatiryova
Winner of the Best Film and Audience’s Choice categories at the 2016 Kinotavr Film Festival, this playful romantic comedy looks at six adventure filled days of Kolya, a 16 year old schoolboy. In a whirlwind six days, he kisses the most popular girl in school, falls in love with his teacher, takes on the school bully and investigates a mysterious computer lab fire! Kolya must learn how to handle responsibility and do what is right, even if the adults don’t! This gem is packed with adventure and will be sure to keep audiences on their toes, for all the twists and turns young love brings.
Winner of the Best Film and Audience’s Choice categories at the 2016 Kinotavr Film Festival
The Student (2016)
DIRECTOR: Kirill Serebrennikov
CAST: Petr Skvortsov, Victoria Isakova, Julia Aug, Aleksandr Gorchilin, Aleksandra Revenko
Captivating audiences at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, was the latest offering from award-winning Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov. Veniamin, a teenager in the midst of a spiritualcrisis, has his entire life turned upside down by his own interpretation of the Bible and questions such as whether girls can go to swimming classes in bikinis, if sex education has a place in school and should the theory of evolution be taught as part of the Natural Sciences. Soon all the adults are overwhelmed by the certitudes of the youngster who swears only by Scripture. No one but Elena, his biology teacher, will challenge him on his own ground.
The Duelist (2016)
DIRECTOR: Alexey Mizgirev
CAST: Pyotr Fyodorov, Vladimir Mashkov, Martin Wuttke, Julia Khlynina, Yuri Kolokolnikov Franziska Petri
Retired military officer, the dashing Yakovlev is an unbeatable gun-for-hire – a professional duellist. Set at a time when the nobility settled slights against honour by taking up swords or pistols against each other in highly regulated rituals. Negotiating the strict code of behaviour Yakovlev is a champion for the weak and unskilled, but only for the right price. But he harbors a dark secret; he is on the run for a crime he did not commit. This fugitive has revenge on his mind, but unexpectedly falls in love. However his new love is about to marry his nemesis, which ensures a tense fight between the two foes. This thrilling adventure is set in 1860 amongst the backdrop of Russia’s scenic 19th century capital with its glittering aristocratic high society. Starring renowned actors Fyodorov and Mashkov this is a handsome historical epic.
Russian Resurrection Festival 2016
Sydney 27th October to 5th November – Event Cinemas George Street and Event Cinemas Burwood
Canbera 1st November to 6th November – Capitol Cinemas Manuka
Brisbane 2nd November to 9th November – Event Cinemas Myer Centre
Perth 10th November to 16th November – Cinema Paradiso
Melbourne 10th November to 16th November – ACMI Federation Square