Russia’s Top Movies: April 2019

Published: May 1, 2019

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.

Балканский рубеж – Balkan Border – $4.7 million as of April 30, 2019

This film is based on true events. In 1999 in Yugoslavia a Russian task force is ordered to take control of the Slatina Airfield in Kosovo and hold it until reinforcements arrive. The operation was extremely important for both Albanian field commanders and NATO forces.

Миллиард – Billion – $4.5 million as of April 30, 2019

An influential banker is doing everything possible not to share his property with his illegitimate sons. But when his money gets stolen from him, it turns out that they are the only ones that can help him. To regain his fortune, the billionaire must rob his own bank in Monte Carlo. To do this, he will have to perform an even more difficult task: regain the trust of his children who grew up without their father…

Трезвый водитель – Designated Driver – $3.3 million as of April 30, 2019

Artyom arrives in Moscow to visit a friend in the hopes of a fresh start in life, but first he is tasked with helping his friend be a professional “designated driver” at night. On the first evening, he takes a woman named Christina out to a nightclub. Christina mistakes Artyom for a young millionaire and he ends up with her in an expensive hotel room for the night. The next morning Artyom does not completely remember the night previous, and Christina continues to mistake him for the well-known millionaire. With each date Artyom falls in love more and more, but has no idea how to tell Christina the truth.

Домовой – Domovoy – $1.6 million as of April 30, 2019

In the bustling city of Moscow there is an unusual house that holds hundreds of secrets and mysteries. There is a strange creature living in the apartment in this house, which has not seen a single tenant in a very long time. Only when an independent mother with a charming 8-year-old daughter Alina comes to this apartment, will the creature be discovered…

Большое путешествие – Great Journey – $0.4 million as of April 30, 2019

Once upon a time a clueless stork working in a maternity ward, mixes up two children, giving them to the wrong families. One family decides to undertake a long journey to return the child to the correct family.

About the author

Lucy Harnish

Lucy Harnish has an English Literature degree with a double minor in Russian Culture and History from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Lucy spent two semesters with SRAS studying Russian as a Second Language in St Petersburg, Russia in her quest to be able to reread the works of Turgenev, Dostoyevsky, and Tolstoy in the Russian language. She planned to utilize the experience gained abroad to pursue a degree in journalism.

Program attended: Home and Abroad Scholar

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