Russia’s Top Russian Movies: June 2017

Published: July 4, 2017

RASP-Blue 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.




Большой – Bolshoi Ballet – $3.9 million as of June 28, 2017

Yulia Olshanskaya is a young and extraordinarily talented dancer from a small mining town. She happens to be noticed by a former dancer for the Bolshoi troupe. With his help, Yulia is brought into the Bolshoi’s training program. However, to become the diamond she dreams of being, she will first undergo enormous pressure. She will duel with more privileged students and with her strict and capricious teacher. She will learn that being a ballerina is not just glamour and elegance – it is hard work, humility, honor, and self-control. In the end, however, no one can stopped who dreams big.

Нелюбовь – Loveless – $1.4 million as of June 28, 2017

This awarding-winning film tells about a modern Moscow family experiencing a painful divorce. The main characters (Zhenya and Boris) are still married, but each has already started a new chapter in life, and each is impatient to finish the formalities of the divorce and move on. As their endless conflicts drag on, Zhenya and Boris neglect their only child, 12-year-old Alyosha, who feels absolutely unneeded by both parents. Suddenly, one day, Alesha disappears…

Анна Каренина. История Вронского – Anna Karenina. Vronsky’s Story. – $0.3 million as of June 28, 2017

This film is based on the classic novel Anna Karinina, by Leo Tolstoy. It opens in 1904, during the The Russo-Japanese War in Manchuria at a Russian military hospital in retreat that is currently in a semi-abandoned Chinese village. The head of the hospital, Sergei Karenin, learns that the wounded officer he is operating on – Count Vronsky, – is the one who killed his mother, Anna Karenina, and served as an indirect cause of his father’s death. Karenin thus finally gets a chance to ask Vronsky the question that tormented him all his life: what caused his mother to cross the line? After some doubts, the count agrees to tell the story of his tragic love to Anna Karenina, noting that people remember only what they are comfortable remembering.

About the author

Josh Wilson

Josh has lived in Moscow since 2003, when he first arrived to study Russian with SRAS. He holds an M.A. in Theatre and a B.A. in History from Idaho State University, where his masters thesis was written on the political economy of Soviet-era censorship organs affecting the stage. At SRAS, Josh assists in program development and leads our Home and Abroad Programs. He is also the editor-in-chief for the SRAS newsletter, the SRAS Family of Sites, and Vestnik. He has previously served as Communications Director to Bellerage Alinga and has served as a consultant or translator to several businesses and organizations with interests in Russia.

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