Chernobyl 2021

Russia’s Top Movies: May 2021

Published: June 2, 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.


Чернобыль – Chernobyl – $5,151,461

Aleksey Karpushin is a young firefighter in the city of Pripyat, dreaming of moving with his beloved girldriend Olga somewhere close to the sea. The Chernobyl explosion disrupts his plans majorly and puts at risk both his own life and the lives of those he holds dear.

Майор Гром: Чумной Доктор –
Major Grom: Plague Doctor – $4,342,795

Major Igor Grom is one of the best St. Petersburg police officers – he’s smart, unbribable, and callous towards criminals. But, as every movie hero worth their salt, he’s bound to have a nemesis. And here, it’s The Plague Doctor – a criminal vigilante who kills wealthy criminals, once saved from long sentences by their money. So, whose model of justice will prevail?

Note: this is the first feature-length film fully based on an original Russian comic-book series, published by Bubble Comics.


Прабабушка легкого поведения. Начало –
Easy Great Grandma – $4,272,057

It’s 1980 and the whole of the USSR is following the Moscow Olympics. Except Vova Rubinstein, a con artist who disguises himself as Soviet pop stars and tries to get rich by arranging fake concerts. He is caught by KGB and recruited as an undercover agent. Now, in order not to go to jail, Vova must fulfill a responsible mission – to find a deadly chemical developed in a secret laboratory on the black market. He does so, of course, disguised as a female prostitute…


Девятаев – Devyataev – $4,210,130

Based on the true story of Soviet pilot Mikhail Devyatayev, who was shot down and captured by the Nazis. With his skills in aerodynamics, he was sent to a heavily guarded secret weapons facility producing rockets known as V2. Despite the heavy gaurd, he was able to escape by stealing a plane. This film is also marketed in English as V2: Escape from Hell.


Скажи ей – Tell Her – $60,883

Two parents, seeking divorce, ask thier son an impossible question: whom does he love more? Although both parents love their son deeply, the divorce is an ugly one. And, to make the son’s choice even more difficult, the Mom plans to immigrate to America. This is a story about choice, about love, about being a parent, and about being a son.

About the author

Alex Sitnikov

Alex holds a BA in Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language (RFL) and is currently on his way to get an MA in Translation. He came to Moscow from Tolyatti to study at Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2013 and has been in love with the city ever since. In March 2018 Alex joined SRAS to help coordinate student activities in Moscow. When he’s not occupied with that, Alex likes to play guitar, sing, read, play videogames, and make YouTube videos.

Program attended: SRAS Staff Member

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