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.

 

Тренер – Trainer – $13.2 million as of June 24, 2018

National soccer player Yuri Stoleshnikov misses a penalty shot during a critical match. He then decides to leave the national team, end his career, and coach a small provincial team. There, however, he learns how to bring about miracles and finds the strength to believe in himself.

Собибор – Sobibor – $4.8 million as of June 10, 2018

This film is based on the true story of events that occurred in Sobibor – one of several death camps the Nazis established in Poland. The film’s protagonist, the Soviet Jew Alexander Pechersky, is a high-ranking army officer soon to become lieutenant. In October 1943, he’s captured and sent to Sobibor. Within just 3 weeks, Alexander manages to plan the only successful prisoner uprising in World War II.

Черновик – Draft – $3.2 million as of June 24, 2018

A video game designer from Moscow, Kirill, is stripped of his identity and recruited by a mysterious force to be the gatekeeper of a multi-dimensional portal. Based on a book by one of the most prominent Russian sci-fi and fantasy authors, Sergey Lukyanenko.

Два хвоста – Two Tails – $1.7 million as of June 24, 2018

This animated film tells a story of Max and Bob – a cat and a beaver, who are bound to team up in order to defeat intergalactic animal hunters. Who else, if not these two, right?

Садко – Sadko – $1.0 million as of June 17, 2018

Young and courageous musician Sadko goes to the deep underwater realm to save it from the evil rule of a witch named Barracuda. Will he find his true love along the way? Well, of course he will! Based on a Russian fairy tale.

Alex holds a BA in Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language (RFL) and is currently on his way to get an MA in Translation. He came to Moscow from Tolyatti to study at Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2013 and has been in love with the city ever since. In March 2018 Alex joined SRAS to help coordinate student activities in Moscow. When he’s not occupied with that, Alex likes to play guitar, sing, read, play videogames, and make YouTube videos.