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.

Ночная смена – (Night Shift) – $1.7 million as of July 9, 2018

After Max loses his job at a factory, he is forced into an unexpected career offer from a former classmate – to work as a stripper. Hiding his new profession from his wife Ani, Max finds himself in a lot of amazing and ridiculous situations and eventually loses his wife’s trust. Seeking to restore peace and harmony to the family, he turns to his colleagues from the strip club for help, which leads to chaos.

Русалка: озеро мертвых – Mermaid: Lake of the Dead – $1.5 million as of July 30, 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?

Лето – Summer – $1.3 million as of July 23, 2018

This film depicts the beginning of Victor Tsoi’s creative career in the legendary Soviet rock group Kino.  The films shows a closer look at Tsoi’s relationship with fellow musician Mike Naumenko (who was well known then but nearly forgotten now), as well as his relationship with his wife Natalia, who were at the forefront of the 1981 Leningrad rock movement.

Килиманджара – Kilimanjaro – $640,031 as of July 30, 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.

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.