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.

 

Гоголь. Начало – Gogol. The Beginning – $7.3 million as of September 30, 2017

Nikolai Gogol, a young clerk from St. Petersburg who suffers from mysterious seizures and can interact with beings from the underworld, arrives to Dikanka with the brilliant investigator Yakov Guro to investigate the baffling murder of a local woman. Over the course of their investigation, the pair are confronted with Cossacks, witches, mermaids… and true love. But will they have what it takes to confront the unimaginable? After all, rumors are circulating that the devil himself is responsible for the crime…

 

 

Бабушка легкого поведения – Easy Grandma – $5.6 million as of September 24, 2017

Master of Disguise Sanya, otherwise known as The Transformer, has carried out countless scams with dozens of disguises. But this time, very bad men with guns are hot on his tail. Sanya decides to lay low in a nursing home in the guise of an elderly woman. And when times get desperate, a new twist of fate brings him love and hope to become a better person.

 

 

Напарник – Partner – $2 million as of September 30, 2017

Thanks to the curse of a fortune-teller, an unsuccessful mission leaves Major Khromov stuck in the body of a small child. Nevertheless, even from his stroller the Major manages to cause problems for a major crime syndicate in the Russian Far East. The child’s mother is left unaware that her baby is able to lead tough interrogations, and the father is forced to become Khromov’s unwilling “partner.”

 

 

Про Любовь. Только для взрослых – About Love. Only for Adults. – $1.8 million as of September 30, 2017

It’s summer in Moscow. Everyone is busy going about their daily lives: rushing to important meetings, work, and, of course, school. Lectures are available on any and every topic, but we’re only interested in one lecture: about love. Our heroes are ordinary people lost in the great metropolis and will collide and interfere with one another, and each of them will have their own love story.

 

 

Заложники – Hostages – $0.18 million as of September 30, 2017

Soviet Georgia, early 1980s — just a few years before the Soviet Union’s collapse. Young people from respected Georgian families trying to find their way through a closed system. Despite having music from the Beatles, jeans, American cigarettes, and a secure future, they yearn for freedom—the price of which is too high. The true story of events of 1983, when six boys and one girl tried to hijack a plane to escape from the Soviet Union.

 

Katheryn Weaver is a student of rhetoric and history at the University of Texas, Austin. Her primary areas of investigation include revolution and the rhetorical justification of violence against individuals, state, and society. She is currently studying Russian as a Second Language with SRAS's Home and Abroad Scholarship.