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. Страшная месть – Gogol. Terrible Vengeance – $6.7 million as of September 30, 2018

Two hundred years ago small Russian villages were ravaged by the Lyakhs, who were led by a powerful sorcerer. Since then, an unknown and mysterious Horseman catches young girls and cruelly punishes them, as if taking revenge for what the Lyakhs once did. Lisa, Nikolai Gogol’s young love, may become the Horseman’s next victim. To save her, the scribe must break evil spells and defeat the ancient curse.

Непрощённый – Unforgiven – $2.2 million as of September 30, 2018

A father who loses his entire family in a plane crash becomes obsessed with the air-traffic controller he blames for causing the accident. He begins a tragic quest for justice that moves to vigilante violence.

Принцесса и дракон – The Princess and the Dragon –  $1.2 million as of September 17, 2018

When Princess Barbara opens a strange book she finds in her castle library, she is suddenly transported to a magical land. In this land she goes on an adventure where she meets fantastic animals, merry gnomes, and a real dragon.

Временные трудности – Temporary Difficulties – 1.2 million as of September 30, 2018

Sasha Kovaleva was born with a congenital disease. As Sasha grew his father chose to treat him like a healthy person rather than someone with a disease. Despite this, Sasha was incessantly bullied by his peers, with no help from anyone. Sasha managed to cope with the disease, but he hated his father. After leaving school, Sasha left home and stopped all communication with his father. Fifteen years later, Sasha has become the best business consultants in Russia by bringing businesses out of various states of crisis. One day a new client gives him an unexpected opportunity to get even with his father.

Счастья! Здоровья! – Happiness! Health! – $1 million as of September 30, 2018

In the center of the film are three lovers who intend their perfect weddings in the near future. However, ideal weddings exist only in promotional brochures. As each couple begins to plan their wedding days new challenges surface that each couple must face together.

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.