Russia’s Top Movies: July 2019

Published: August 11, 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.

Summer tends to be slow for Russia’s theaters. Most Russians are traveling or otherwise out and enjoying the warmer months, rather than heading for the movie theatre. This also seems to be the dying days of Russia’s war movie phase. Once very nearly a sure-fire hit at the box office, war movies now seem to be falling in popularity overall.

Дылда – Beanpole – $372,221 as of July 7, 2019

Two young women come back from the front to post-WWII Leningrad. The city is in ruins and the people broken physically and emotionally. Together, they attempt to find a “normal” life again…

Зеркало – Mirror – $29,395 as of July 7, 2019

A man and a woman recall their childhood experiences leading them up into adulthood. They grabble with the mysticism they are experiencing in their current everyday lives as they attempt unbury a suppressed memory from their past.

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Mikaela Peters

Mikaela Peters is a student at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she studies Business Analytics & Information Technology, Russian, and European Studies. She will be studying Russian and Central Asian Studies in Kyrgyzstan during the 2019-2020 academic year with SRAS. Mikaela decided to seriously study Russian after visiting NASA in 2015, where she has since interned. Mikaela’s desire to enter into a career that will utilize her Russian skills while supporting the U.S. government motivated her to apply and ultimately win a Boren scholarship.

Program attended: Challenge Grants

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