An eclectic mix of Russian films produced in 2007-2008, featuring everything from big-budget blockbusters to arthouse offerings.
Yuri's Day and Terra Nova
(Country: Russia; Year: 2007; Director: Nikita Mikhalkov; Writer: Nikita Mikhalkov, Vladimir Moiseyenko, Aleksandr Novototsky; Stars: Sergei Makovetsky, Sergei Garmash, Aleksei Petrenko, Yuri Stoyanov, Sergei Gazarov, Nikita Mikhalkov, Mikhail Yefremov, Valentin Gaft, Aleksei Gorbunov, Sergei Artsybashev)
Twelve characters. Twelve truths. A story of 12 jurors discusing how to pass a verdict on a Chechen boy, who murdered his step-father, an officer in the Russian army.
20 Cigarettes (20 Sigaret)
(Country: Russia; Year: 2007; Director: Alexander Gornovsky; Writer: Dmitry Sobolev; Stars: Ilya Lubimov, Maxim Sukhanov, Oscar Kuchera, Galina Tuyunina, Anna Slynko), Official Site
A day in the life of a smoking Muscovite executive.
Best Of Times (Luchshee Vremya Goda)
(Country: Russia; Year: 2007; Director: Svetlana Proskurina; Writer: Ivan Vyrypayev; Stars: Dana Agisheva, Irina Yevdokimova, Mikhail Yevlanov, Yana Yesipovich, Aleksandra Kulikova, Natalya Sedykh, Viktor Sukhorukov, Yuri Gorin)
Two women recall their youth, during which they made two corners of a love triangle.
(Country: Russia; Year: 2007; Director: Marina Lyubakova; Writer: Marina Lyubakova, Denis Rodimin; Stars: Renata Litvinova, Anna Begunova, Yevgeni Serov, Aleksei Frandetti, Olga Onishchenko, Aleksandra Astakhova, Stanislav Belyayev, Nikita Yemshanov)
The worlds of a precocious teenager and a businesswoman collide after an affair is caught on camera.
Live To Remember
(Country: Russia; Year: 2008; Director: Alexander Proshkin; Writer: Alexander Rodionov and Alexander Proshkin, based on a short story by Valentin Rasputin; Stars: Ruben Dishdishyan, Youri Moroz, Aram Movesyan, Sergei Danielyan)
When a husband deserts the war, her wife finds she must hide him - but their secret threatens them both.
Wild Field and 20 Cigarettes
(Country: Russia; Year: 2008; Director: Igor Voloshin; Writer: Olga Larionova; Stars: Olga Sutulova, Mariya Shalayeva, Artur Smolyaninov, Mikhail Yevlanov, Andrei Khabarov, Tatyana Samojlova)
Extravagant cyber-punk love triangle.
Simple Things (Prostye veshchi)
(Country: Russia; Year: 2007; Director: Aleksei Popogrebsky; Writer: Aleksei Popogrebsky; Stars: Sergei Puskepalis, Leonid Bronevoy, Svetlana Kamynina, Mikhail Yevlanov, Ivan Shvedoff, Dinara Kutuyeva), Official Site
This artfully nuanced, occasionally playful story of an anaesthetist, whose daughter runs away just as he hits a rough patch with his mistress and his wife announces that she’s unexpectedly pregnant, has been widely regarded as one of the best Russian films of the past year.
Terra Nova (Novaya Zemlya, New Land)
(Country: Russia; Year: 2008; Director: Aleksander Melnik; Writer: Arif Aliyev; Stars: Konstantin Lavronenko, Andrei Fes'kov, Pavel Sborshikov, Marat Basharov, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Sergei Zhigunov), Official Site
Russian blockbuster about a group of convicts sent to colonise a barren island.
Wild Field (Dikoe pole)
(Country: Russia; Year: 2008; Director: Mikheil Kalatozishvili; Writer: Pyotr Lutsik, Aleksei Samoryadov; Stars: Oleg Dolin, Daniela Sroyanovich, Aleksandr Ilyin, Aleksandr Ilyin Jr., Roman Madyanov, Yuri Stepanov, Irina Butanayeva, Aleksandr Korshunov)
A young doctor is posted to an isolated community in sharp contrast to his previous life.
Yuri's Day (Yuryev Den)
(Country: Russia; Year: 2008; Director: Kirill Serebrennikov; Writer: Yuri Arabov; Stars: Ksenia Rappoport, Roman Shmakov, Evgenia Kuznetsova, Sergei Sosnovskii, Andrei Smirnov)
An opera singer's son disappears on a visit to an isolated community.