Russia’s Top Movies: June 2019

Published: July 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 – $389,000 as of June 30, 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…

 

Донбасс. Окраина – Donbass. The Outskirts. – $172,000 as of June 30, 2019

A young Ukrainian soldier ends up on the wrong side of the firing line in Donetsk as war breaks out. He finds himself trying to survive with a diverse group of people who all find themselves trapped in a dangerous situation.

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.

Program attended: SRAS Staff Member

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