Russia’s Top Movies: April 2021

Published: May 1, 2021

Like in most places in the world, Russia’s silver screens are dominated by Hollywood’s global blockbusters. In recent years, Russia’s film industry has struggled with the financial crisis and COVID, 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.

Конек-Горбунок – The Little Humpbacked Horse – $15,902,878

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 – $7,046,747

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?

Пальма – Palma – $1,420,973

This is a story of a dog, Palma, that was once left at the airport by her owner. Palma hides from the airport workers, finds new friends and keeps waiting for the owner to come back. And who knows – perhaps, one day, the dog’s dream will come true? 

Майор Гром: Чумной Доктор –
Major Grom: Plague Doctor – $3,765,437

Major Igor Grom is one of the best St. Petersburg police officers – he’s smart, unbribable and callous towards criminals. But, as every movie hero worth their salt, he’s bound to have a nemesis.
And here, it’s Plague Doctor – a criminal vigilante who kills wealthy criminals, once saved from long sentences by their money. So, whose model of justice will prevail?

Note: this is the first feature-length film fully based on an original Russian comic-book series, published by Bubble Comics.

Чернобыль – Chernobyl – $3,722,071

Aleksey Karpushin is a young firefighter in the city of Pripyat, dreaming of moving with his beloved girldriend Olga somewhere close to the sea. The Chernobyl explosion disrupts his plans majorly and puts at risk both his own life and the lives of those he holds dear. 

About the author

Alex Sitnikov

Alex holds a BA in Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language (RFL) and is currently on his way to get an MA in Translation. He came to Moscow from Tolyatti to study at Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2013 and has been in love with the city ever since. In March 2018 Alex joined SRAS to help coordinate student activities in Moscow. When he’s not occupied with that, Alex likes to play guitar, sing, read, play videogames, and make YouTube videos.

Program attended: SRAS Staff Member

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