Grigoriy Aleksandrov – Vesna AKA Spring (1947)

A drab woman scientist, working on machine to harness solar energy, and a pert concert singer look-alike being courted to play her in a movie swap identities and find personal growth, professional success, love, and happiness. Read More »

Frunze Dovlatyan – Karot AKA Yearning (1990)

Tragic events in Armenian history are echoed in this incisive film. Arakel Eloyan, a survivor of the 1915 genocide, has built a new life with his family in Soviet Armenia.
Still, he longs to once again see his home village, now a part of Turkey. His nostalgic yearning pulls him across the Soviet border, but the Soviet government views his journey as a potential act of treason. Read More »

Sergei Bondarchuk – Voyna i mir AKA War and Peace (1966)

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet film industry set out to prove it could outdo Hollywood with a production that would dazzle the world: a titanic, awe-inspiring adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic tome in which the fates of three souls—the blundering, good-hearted Pierre; the heroically tragic Prince Andrei; and the radiant, tempestuous Natasha—collide amid the tumult of the Napoleonic Wars. Employing a cast of thousands and an array of innovative camera techniques, director Sergei Bondarchuk conjures a sweeping vision of grand balls that glitter with rococo beauty and breathtaking battles that overwhelm with their expressionistic power. As a statement of Soviet cinema’s might, War and Peace succeeded wildly, garnering the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and setting a new standard for epic moviemaking. Read More »

Vladimir Kobrin – Homo Paradoksum 2 AKA Homo Paradoxum II (1990)

This film explores the paradox of dEvolution and how Homo Insanicus took over the largest country in the world.
Film didn’t lost its actuality, because rivalry between Homo Sapiens and Homo Insanicus continues…

In his films, Kobrin elaborates a special, metaphoric style that is “a fully achieved work of imaginative filmmaking, in which special effects, pixilation, and reverse or speed-up motion abound, a philosophical avant-garde film, entirely unexpected in terms of its country of origin”. Read More »

Artur Vojtetsky – Gde-to est syn aka My Son is Out There (1962)

An old fisherman spends his days waiting to hear from his son who left the village long time ago.

One of the first films shot by Yuri Ilyenko. Read More »

Mark Donskoy – Serdtse materi AKA A Mother’s Heart (1965) (slightly corrected): The formative years of Bolshevist leader Vladimir Ulyanov (aka Lenin) provides the basis of this Russian biopic that begins the a provincial town of Simbirsk in the late 19th-century (1884-1890) where a widow contends with her six socially-conscious and politically active children. Her husband had also been a staunch supporter of peasant rights. Her eldest daughter and son are studying in the university and trouble ensues when they are arrested for conspiring to murder the czar. Because the son refuses to deny his desire to kill the czar, he is executed. The daughter is then exiled and the widow moves her family to remain close to her. Read More »

Vladimir Kobrin – Future Continuous (1994)

The film is based on the thesis of astrophysicist Nikolai Kozyrev on the materiality of time. The film creates an aesthetic model of the interaction between the present, the past and the future.

Film draws a bleak picture of the mankind’s future, in which slender rows of depersonalized bodies march in the landings of the Tower of Babel under command of Imperial eagle. Read More »