Russia

Kantemir Balagov – Tesnota AKA Closeness (2017)

1998, Nalchik, the North Caucasus, Russia.
24-year-old Ilana works in her father’s garage to help him make ends meet. One evening, her extended family and friends gather to celebrate the engagement of her younger brother David. Later that night, the young couple is kidnapped, and a ransom demand delivered.
In this close-knit Jewish enclave, involving the police is out of the question. How will the family raise the money to save David? Ilana and her parents, each in their own way, will go as far as necessary, whatever the risks to themselves… Read More »

Aleksandr Petrov – Son smeshnogo cheloveka AKA The Dream of a Ridiculous Man (1992)

Alexander Petrov`s short animation Read More »

Aleksandr Petrov – Rusalka (Mermaid) (1997)

a wonderful painted animation about boy and a mermaid. Read More »

Sergei Bodrov – Ya khotela uvidet angelov AKA I Wanted to See Angels (1992)

Twenty-year-old Bob rides 1000 km to Moscow on his vintage motorbike to collect a bad debt for his boss; the city chews up and spits out this naive country boy, whose head is full of Easy Rider dreams. Read More »

Aleksey Fedorchenko – Zheleznaya doroga AKA The Railway (2007)

Plot
Mischa, a mute boy, sets out on a surrealistic journey together with his father and two men. Their means of transportation is an old Soviet locomotive, loaded with stolen coal. The travellers intend to sell off the loot on their way through the borderless steppes of inner Russia. As a parallel to the main plot, sequences of a mysterious travelling circus keep reappearing in a very suggestive way. Many of the odd artists at the circus are people that the four protagonists encounter in the wilderness along the overgrown railway. Read More »

Kantemir Balagov – Tesnota AKA Closeness (2017)

1998, Nalchik, the North Caucasus, Russia.
24-year-old Ilana works in her father’s garage to help him make ends meet. One evening, her extended family and friends gather to celebrate the engagement of her younger brother David. Later that night, the young couple is kidnapped, and a ransom demand delivered.
In this close-knit Jewish enclave, involving the police is out of the question. How will the family raise the money to save David? Ilana and her parents, each in their own way, will go as far as necessary, whatever the risks to themselves… Read More »

Aleksey Fedorchenko – Pervye na Lune AKA First on the Moon (2005)

Plot:
In spring 1938 in the mountains in the north of Chile a fiery UFO, later named “Chilean Sphere “, fell down. The investigation of this episode, made by a film crew, has led to a sensational discovery. It appeared that before the Second World War (in the thirties) in the USSR a secret space program had been developed. The Soviet scientists and military authorities managed to launch the first spacecraft 23 years prior to Jury Gagarin’s flight! “The First on the Moon” tells about everyday life, heroic deeds and tragedy of the first group of the Soviet cosmonauts. It is the first Russian film shot in a very rare genre ‘mockumentary’ or ‘documentary fiction’. Read More »