Russia’s Top Movies: December 2019

Published: January 3, 2020

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.

Полицейский с Рублевки. Новогодний беспредел 2 – Policeman from Rublevka: New Year’s Mayhem 2 – $9,762,878 as of December 22

It’s New Year time and the policemen from a small town in one of Moscow’s most prestigious residential areas are about to start a celebration. However, their leisure gets interrupted by a brazen robbery in the area. Can they find the stolen jewelry and save the day before the clock strikes twelve? This movie is based on the Russian TV comedy show of the same name.

АванпостThe Blackout – $2,566,027 as of December 22

Something goes wrong in the not-so-distant future. Global communications are destroyed due to a sudden attack by a mysterious enemy. People are found dead everywhere except for a small circle-like area in Western Europe that still has electricity and a handful of survivors. But how long will they manage to stand against the unknown?

Лев Яшин. Вратарь моей мечты – Lev Yashin. My Dream Goalkeeper – $1,762,533 as of December 22

Lev Yashin (also known as “The Black Spider” and “The Black Panther”) was a Soviet football goalkeeper, named the best goalkeeper of the XX century by FIFA and IFFHS. The movie features Yashin (played by Alexander Fokin and Alexander Ermakov) preparing for his testimonial match in 1971, and reminiscing on the pivotal past games that brought him to that glorious moment.

Алла Пугачева. Тот самый концерт – Alla Pugacheva. That Very Concert – $1,397,800 as of December 22

This is not a movie in its traditional sense, but rather a tribute to a famous Soviet/Russian singer Alla Pugacheva. The film features her performance at the Kremlin Palace, given to celebrate 45 years of Pugacheva’s creative work.

Ржев – Rzhev – $1,309,061 as of December 22

The battles around the city of Rzhev are among the toughest WWII battles fought by the Soviets. They bore strategic importance too, as they allowed the Soviets to push German forces back from Moscow. In the film, an episode of the Rzhev battles is looked at – a Red Army squadron is given an order to protect the village of Ovsyannikovo at all costs.

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.

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