Top Russian Movies, Baikal Yuma

Russia’s Top Movies: June 2021

Published: July 3, 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.


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Baikal: The Amazing Adventures of Yuma – $466,038

Once upon a time, in the coldest, deepest, and purest lake, a lake where dangers wait for you around every corner, a miracle happened. In a small snow cave, the curious, but brave Yuma, a baby seal, was born. Ahead of her, a long-distance journey awaits, full of many dangers and wonders. Will the great lake aid Yuma on her lone voyage? Will she survive to see her destination?

Бендер: начало – Bender: The Beginning – $318,844

The year is 1919. In the pursuit of a much coveted ancient relic, a young treasure hunter, Osya, is forced to team up with Turkish swindler Ibrahim Bender. Between Osya’s high morals, and Ibrahim’s propensity for deception, the two are complete opposites. In a serious of dizzying adventures, Osya comes to learn from his new partner, partaking in everything from clever lies, blackmail, and other, darker methods. This is the origin story of Ostap Bender-Zadunaisky, the legendary con man (and lady killer).


Красный призрак – Red Ghost – $219,240

Set in the winter of 1941, the film follows a small detachment of Soviet soldiers, as they are forced to hold up in an abandoned village. The unit is surrounded by invading Germans, and worse yet, there is word of an elite, and notoriously cruel Wehrmacht kill squad in the area. But all hope is not lost, as a mysterious rogue soldier known as the “Red Ghost” comes to their aid. Capable of singlehandedly taking on the Germans in guerilla warfare, the Red Ghost comes to the aid of the trapped Soviets, as they prepare for their bloodiest battle yet.


Проклятый чиновник – The Cursed Officer – $136,095

After an old woman curses a corrupt government official for taking bribes, the man, initially incredulous, soon finds that whenever he accepts dirty money, the cash burns to ash in his hands. This is especially troubling, as he’s on the eve of receiving the biggest bribe of his life! If he can’t remove the curse within 24 hours, he’s bound to lose a lot more than just money.


Блогеры и дороги – Bloggers and Roads – $18,219

Without a script, or even a clear plan, a troupe of varying bloggers travel across Russia in a film/travel vlog format. Varying greatly in personalities, the group sets out to document life in the smallest of Russian villages, towns, and cities.

About the author

Jacob Babb

As of 2021, Jacob Babb is a third year Russian-Language major, and General Music minor at Portland State University. As a Home and Abroad Scholar, he will be writing articles on modern Russia and Central Asia. The related scholarship will help fund his participation in SRAS's Russian as a Second Language program in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan for the Fall 2021 semester. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the bass guitar (a fan of Salsa music), and spending time with friends.

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