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.
Конек-Горбунок – The Little Humpbacked Horse – $15,195,807 as of March 21
This is a movie adaptation of one of the most beloved Russian fairy-tales, Конек-Горбунок, written by Petr Ershov in the 19th century. Here, a simple guy named Ivan teams up with a tiny magical horse. Together, they tackle the tasks of a cunning Russian tsar, win the love of a beautiful girl, and live happily ever after. For those of you who’d like to practice your Russian, here is the original text of the fairy-tale too – try it, it’s worth it!
Батя – Dad – $6,473,917 as of March 21
The main character is setting on a trip to meet his dad – a harsh man, who raised him in the very beginning of the Russian tumultous 1990-s.
Родные – The Relatives – $6,283,788 as of March 7
One morning, a father of a Russian family wakes up to a clear realization – this year, he must perform at the major bard song festival, as he’s always dreamed of. There’s only one minor issue – the festival is hosted on the other end of the country. Going there with his whole family sounds like a sound decision to our protagonist – because, well, what can possibly go wrong?
Пара из будущего – A Couple from the Future – $6,082,131 as of March 21
The year is 2040. Zhenya and Sasha have been married for 20 years, got fairly tired of each other and are thinking of getting a divorce. All of a sudden, fate gives them another chance – they find themselves taken 20 years back – to the day when young Zhenya proposed to young Sasha. And what can they do next?
Пальма – Palma – $1,420,973 as of March 21
This is a story of a dog, Palma, that was once left at the airport by her owner. Palma hides from the airport workers, finds new friends and keeps waiting for the owner to come back. And who knows – perhaps, one day, the dog’s dream will come true?