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Russia’s Top Movies: 2021 Year in Review

Published: January 6, 2022

This year was particularly hard for the Russian film industry. However, it seems to be showing signs of life again. While none of the following films come close the takes that Russian movies had before the pandemic, they are beginning to offer hope that the industry can recover.

Последний богатырь: Корень зла – The Last Bogatyr: Root of Evil – $28,529,071 in 2021

Root of Evil is a sequel of The Last Bogatyr (2017), which was a huge commercial success. Based on the Russian folklore and backed by none other than Disney Studios, this fairy tale keeps bringing many families to the cinema, even in times of the world-wide pandemic.

Конек-Горбунок – The Little Humpbacked Horse – $16,253,288 in 2021

This is a movie adaptation of one of the most beloved Russian fairy-tales, Конек-Горбунок, written by Petr Ershov in the 19th century. Here, a simple guy named Ivan teams up with a tiny magical horse. Together, they tackle the tasks of a cunning Russian tsar, win the love of a beautiful girl, and live happily ever after. For those of you who’d like to practice your Russian, here is the original text of the fairy-tale too – try it, it’s worth it!

Пара из будущего – A Couple from the Future – $7,292,957 in 2021

The year is 2040. Zhenya and Sasha have been married for 20 years, got fairly tired of each other and are thinking of getting a divorce. All of a sudden, fate gives them another chance – they find themselves taken 20 years back – to the day when young Zhenya proposed to young Sasha. And what can they do next?

Батя – Dad – $7,216,496 in 2021

The main character is setting on a trip to meet his dad – a harsh man, who raised him in the very beginning of the tumultous Russian 1990-s.

Родные – The Relatives – $6,283,788 as of March 7

One morning, a father of a Russian family wakes up to a clear realization – this year, he must perform at the major bard song festival, as he’s always dreamed of. There’s only one minor issue – the festival is hosted on the other end of the country. Going there with his whole family sounds like a sound decision to our protagonist – because, well, what can possibly go wrong?

About the author

Josh Wilson

Josh has lived in Moscow since 2003, when he first arrived to study Russian with SRAS. He holds an M.A. in Theatre and a B.A. in History from Idaho State University, where his masters thesis was written on the political economy of Soviet-era censorship organs affecting the stage. At SRAS, Josh assists in program development and leads our Home and Abroad Programs. He is also the editor-in-chief for the SRAS newsletter, the SRAS Family of Sites, and Vestnik. He has previously served as Communications Director to Bellerage Alinga and has served as a consultant or translator to several businesses and organizations with interests in Russia.

Program attended: SRAS Staff Member

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