Russia’s Top Russian Movies: December 2018

Published: January 1, 2019

Like in most places in the world, Russia’s silver screens are dominated by Hollywood’s global blockbusters. Russia’s film industry has struggled with the financial crisis, but it is also capable of producing films that can occasionally compete locally with the American machine. Once a month, SRAS provides a lineup of the top Russian movies in Russia that ranked in the top 10 for weekend box-office take.

Полицейский с Рублёвки. Новогодний беспредел – Rublyovka P.D.: Holiday Chaos – $4.9 million as of December 23, 2018

On the eve of the new year, the Barvikha Severnoe police station is threatened with closure. To save his own department, a police officer, Grisha, is forced to take extreme measures and, together with operatives, decides to rob a bank. He is counting on the fact that his colleagues, will easily be able to return the money back and everyone will keep their job. But everything does not going the way Grisha planned it…

Всё или ничего – All or Nothing – $1.4 million as of December 23, 2018

Three managers unite into a criminal group with the goal of overthrowing their mean and greedy boss. The friends develop a plan to steal 50 million from their boss and restore justice. But, as it often happens with newbies, not everything goes according to plan…

Проводник – Conductor – $323,793 as of December 9, 2018

Katya has a mystical gift: she can see ghosts. When her twin sister disappears, Katya goes on a lone adventure to find her. The police insist that her sister never existed and that she is simply the fruit of Katya’s sick imagination. However, during her search, Katya learns that a powerful maniac is controlling the city and her sister is one of his victims. There is still hope to save her, but in a gloomy city full of secrets Katya cannot trust anyone, even herself…

Заповедник – Reserve – $150,438 as of December 16, 2018

Konstantin is a former songwriter and guitarist that has long lost all ways of earning money and is desperate to be heard. His lack of success and reliance on alcohol results in his wife and daughter beginning the process of immigrating to Canada. As a last ditch effort to change, Kostya travels to the Mikhailovsky Reserve for some much needed time to himself. Kostya has enough strength to try to change everything, but he seriously doubts that he will be able to turn his life around. However, at the Reserve he is able collect his thoughts, break up the minefield that is his life, and get a job.

About the author

Lucy Harnish

Lucy Harnish has an English Literature degree with a double minor in Russian Culture and History from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Lucy will spend two semesters with SRAS studying Russian as a second language in St Petersburg, Russia. Lucy hopes that by the end of her time in St Petersburg she will be able to reread the works of Turgenev, Dostoyevsky, and Tolstoy in the Russian language. She plans to utilize the experience she gains while studying abroad to pursue a degree in journalism.

Program attended: Art and Museums in Russia

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