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Russia’s Top 9 Films From 2019

After a few years of record-breaking growth, Russia’s film industry took a break in 2019. Many analysts attribute this to stagnating incomes, but it seems an even bigger issue is the failure of this year’s lineup to really capture Russian values and imaginations. Much like in 2018, the films that did best are those that […]

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The Heritage of Love / Герой

The Heritage of Love (in Russian marketed as Герой, or Hero) is a romantic drama that takes place in dual time periods: during the Russian Revolution and the modern 20th century. The film follows the love tale of Duchess Vera Chernisheva played by Svetlana Ivanova, and Officer Andrey Petrovich Dolmatov played by pop singing sensation […]

4 Locations for Local Food Fast Food in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is a large but friendly and accessible city that offers lots of cheap, fast, filling options for grabbing a bite to eat. While you will find big name western fast food all over the city, there are a number of local options you should try as well. These include chains that specialize in […]

Going Vertical / Движение вверх: Learning Russian Through Film

Движение вверх (known as Going Vertical or Three Seconds in English) broke the record of highest earning Russian film at the global box office shortly after its release in late 2017. According to Russia’s KinoPoisk, it earned a grand total of nearly sixty million dollars. Although the record has again been broken by other films, […]

Dovlatov / Довлатов: Learn Russian Through Film

The movie Довлатов (Dovlatov) originally premiered on 17 February at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival. The film was produced by Metrafilms, SAGa, and Art and Pop Corn, and was directed by Aleksei German Jr. The film is available on Netflix with English subtitles and on the Russian streaming service ivi, without subtitles. Довлатов is […]

Fury / Лютый

Fury (Лютый) is a 2013 Russian detective drama set in Moscow. It stars Vladimir Epifantsev as Maxim Furin, a top cop who, although thought-dead for several years, returns to the city. It is available on Amazon Video and YouTube where both seasons are available to stream with English subtitles.   Synopsis of Fury (Mild Spoilers) […]

The Method / Метод

The Method, is a Russian television series originally released on 18 October 2015 on Channel One. The producing company for the show is Sreda, currently one of the most successful companies producing Russian-language television. Season 1 was directed by Yuri Bykov and is currently available on Netflix with English subtitles. Season 2 has not yet […]

Холоп / Serf: Learn Russian through Film

The 2019 film Холоп (Serf), also known in English as Peasant, Servant, and Son of a Rich, broke the box office record for a domestically-produced film from Russia by earning over forty-two million dollars globally, according to the Russkiy Mir Foundation. Directed by Klim Shipenko, it made the somewhat unusual move to release in the […]

15 Russian Cartoons to Put You in the Holiday Spirit

These cartoons are full of joyful, bright, and homey holiday charm. It’s no secret that the holiday season is most precious to us in childhood. Because for children, it is not just an opportunity to gather together with loved ones. It’s an occasion for presents, Grandfather Frost, Snegurochka, beautiful spruce trees, and hope for a […]

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