Groom

The Groom (Жених) is a 2016 Russian comedy and the directorial debut of Aleksandr Nezlobin (Александр Незлобин). Released in September 2016, the film stars Sergey Svetlakov (Сергей Светлаков), Olga Kartunkova (Ольга Картункова), Sergey Burunov (Сергей Бурунов), Georgiy Dronov (Георгий Дронов), and Aleksandr Demidov (Александр Демидов).

The film is the story of Helmut, a German man who comes to Russia to propose to and marry his sweetheart Alyona, whom he met while she was abroad in Berlin. The couple travels to Alyona’s home village to meet her family. However, Alyona’s ex-husband, Tolya, shows up, intent on winning back his former wife. A comedic, romantic rivalry ensues as a whole cast of friends, relatives, and villagers get involved.

 

Director: Aleksandr Nezlobin (Александр Незлобин)
Stars: Sergey Svetlakov (Сергей Светлаков), Olga Kartunkova (Ольга Картункова), Sergey Burunov (Сергей Бурунов), Georgiy Dronov (Георгий Дронов), Aleksandr Demidov (Александр Демидов)
Production company: Solaris Promo Production
Box office take: $7,737,173

 

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Groom

Zach Hicks is a PhD student in Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon. He is currently participating in SRAS's Home and Abroad scholarship program. His main areas of interest are twentieth-century Russian and Soviet literature, socialist modernism, and critical theory. Outside of academics his major interests are martial arts, the outdoors, and music. In Russia, he plans to continue to increase his language proficiency, to learn as much as possible about the Russian underground music scene, its tattoo culture, and to become a student of Russia’s native martial art, SAMBO.