Russia’s Top Movies: August 2019

Published: September 5, 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.


Эбигейл – Abigail. – $1,438,878 as of August 31, 2019

This steam punk fantasy follows a young girl living in a quarantined town. Her father perished in what was billed as a strange epidemic – but it turns out that the government had simply taken all citizens capable of magic away – so that only those in power would have those abilities. But now Abigail is showing signs of magic – and of being hunted by the government.


Трудности выживания – Difficulties of Survival – $352,537 as of August 31, 2019

Nina, an aspiring journalist, goes to a far-off island, where, according to rumors, a reclusive millionaire lives. Her ship, however, is wrecked at sea and she wakes up on a deserted shore. Fortunately, however, it is the shore of exactly the island she was seeking. She then meets a young, handsome man who she assumes is the millionaire. However, he is actually another reporter who stowed away on her ship and, in fact, invented the fictitious story about the millionaire that first intrigued Nina. And he doesn’t know anything about how to survive on a deserted island …


Бык – The Bull – $246,460 as of August 31, 2019

Set in the 90s, this film follows Anton Bykov, who goes by “Bull,” and who leads a criminal gang. With no other place to turn, crime is how he provides for his family. After he finds himself arrested, a local authority comes to his aid, but asks for a dangerous favor in return.


Игла – The Needle – $25,107 as of August 31, 2019

This cult thriller from 1988 stars Soviet rocker Victor Tsoi as a man taking on the drug gangs of Alma Ata in Kazakhstan. The film was on the big screens again in August to honor the anniversery of Tsoi’s death.

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.

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