Russia’s Top Movies: March 2019

Published: April 1, 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.

Громкая связь – Speakerphone – $7.9 million as of March 26, 2019

Seven friends gather together in a country house and begin to play a game. The game involves the participants reading out aloud all of the messages that come to their phone and answering the calls on speakerphone. As the game progresses they begin to discover new revelations about each other.

Любовницы – Mistresses – $4.3 million as of March 26, 2019

Three ordinary Muscovites meet by chance at a bar and find out that they all just broke up with their boyfriends, who were all coincidently married to other women. In this chance meeting the women decide to get revenge on their ex-boyfriends. The new friends also have another idea: to help the wives of their former boyfriends by bringing their unfaithful husbands to light.

Тобол – Tobol – $2 million as of March 12, 2019

A young officer of Peter I’s First Guard, Ivan Demarin, is sent to Tobolsk in the depths of Siberia at the request of the Tsar. Here, Ivan meets his first love and together with his regiment, he finds himself drawn into a conspiracy of local princes who are hunting for the legendary Yarkand’s gold.

Балканский рубеж – Balkan Border – $2 million as of March 26, 2019

In 1999 in Yugoslavia a Russian task force is ordered to take control of the Slatina Airfield in Kosovo and hold it until reinforcements arrive. Based on historical events, the operation was extremely important for both Albanian field commanders and NATO forces.

Трезвый водитель – Designated Driver – $1.5 million as of March 26, 2019

Artyom arrives in Moscow to visit a friend in the hopes of a fresh start in life, but first he is tasked with helping his friend be a professional “designated driver” at night. On the first evening, he takes a woman named Christina out to a nightclub. Christina mistakes Artyom for a young millionaire and he ends up with her in an expensive hotel room for the night. The next morning Artyom does not completely remember the night previous, and Christina continues to mistake him for the well-known millionaire. With each date Artyom falls in love more and more, but has no idea how to tell Christina the truth.

About the author

Lucy Harnish

Lucy Harnish has an English Literature degree with a double minor in Russian Culture and History from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Lucy spent two semesters with SRAS studying Russian as a Second Language in St Petersburg, Russia in her quest to be able to reread the works of Turgenev, Dostoyevsky, and Tolstoy in the Russian language. She planned to utilize the experience gained abroad to pursue a degree in journalism.

Program attended: Home and Abroad Scholar

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