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.

Русалка: озеро мертвых – Mermaid: Lake of the Dead – $1.6 million as of August 6, 2018

After meeting, and kissing, a strange girl near a forest lake, Roma’s life drastically changes. Soon the meeting becomes something he regrets, as he is overtaken with an illness that takes away his vitality. Roma’s fiancé, Marina, is ready to do anything to free her future husband of this mystical illness. What will be stronger: a curse, or true love?

Килиманджара – Kilimanjaro – $782,472 as of August 13, 2018

When Marousi’s groom does not come to their wedding, there is only one thing she can do – find him. This is exactly how Marousi arrives in Azerbaijan, in search of her husband. Fortunately for Marousi a group of her friends live nearby that are willing to help, and sometimes hinder, her search. No one, however, could anticipate the adventure she goes on.

Принцесса и дракон – The Princess and the Dragon –  $506,522 as of August 27, 2018

When Princess Barbara opens a strange book she finds in her castle library, she is suddenly transported to a magical land. In this land she goes on an adventure where she meets fantastic animals, merry gnomes, and a real dragon.

Днюха! – Days! – $422,210 as of August 27, 2018

After a friend’s party Anton wakes up in a different city. He finds himself locked in an unknown girl’s apartment and does not remember anything from the previous night. Suddenly, videos of Anton’s exploits begin to appear on the Internet which compromises his newly established relationship.

Lucy Harnish has an English Literature degree with a double minor in Russian Culture and History from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Lucy will spend two semesters with SRAS studying Russian as a second language in St Petersburg, Russia. Lucy hopes that by the end of her time in St Petersburg she will be able to reread the works of Turgenev, Dostoyevsky, and Tolstoy in the Russian language. She plans to utilize the experience she gains while studying abroad to pursue a degree in journalism.