Now in its 14th year, The Russian Resurrection Film Festival is one of the largest, oldest and most respected Russian film festivals outside of Russia. The festival takes audiences on a thrilling journey into one of the world’s most diverse film cultures.
From humble beginnings in 2004 screening in just three cities in Australia, the festival has grown dramatically in size and now screens in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland (NZ), and here in Perth. Read on for some program highlights to get you started.
The Coming of Age Story – The Bolshoi (2017)
The Australian and New Zealand premiere of Valery Todorovsky’s latest film The Bolshoi will be held at Russian Resurrection Film Festival 2017.
Watch if you liked: Black Swan, Billy Elliot, Dirty Dancing
The Festive Frolic – Yolki 5 (2016)
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov and Indar Dzhendubaev, Yolki 5 is the most recent release of Russia’s end of year Yolki holiday comedies. Yolki 5 hilariously captures the lives of six people in different countries who all cross paths on New Year’s Eve.
Watch if you liked: Amelie, New York I Love You
The Sci-Fi Thriller – Attraction (2017)
Directed by renowned Russian Director, Fyodr Bondarchuk, new science fiction film Attraction premiered in Russia in January and quickly became a box office hit. Attraction is a film about humanity and tolerance, showing a Russian city in disarray after the crash landing of an alien ship.
Watch if you liked: Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Edge of Tomorrow, Arrival
The Medieval Battle – Viking (2016)
Directed by Andrei Kravchuk and starring Danila Kozlovsky and Svetlana Khodchenkova, Viking is a Russian historical blockbuster about medieval prince Vladimir the Great, Prince of Novgorod.
Watch if you liked: Game of Thrones, Vikings
The Animation Adventure – Snow Queen 3. Fire and Ice
After defeating the Snow Queen and Snow King, Gerda still cannot find peace. Her dream is to find her parents who were taken away by the North Wind and finally reunite the family. Gerda and her friends embark on an exciting journey and encounter challenges along the way.
Watch if you liked: Frozen, Finding Nemo
The Russian Resurrection Film Festival 2017 retrospective will celebrate the 80th birthday of renowned film director, screenwriter and producer Andrei Konchalovsky, whose career in film spans over 45 years. Highlights include:
The Vintage Buddy Cop Comedy – Tango & Cash (1989)
Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell star as Tango and Cash, a typical 80s Hollywood police blockbuster mixing thrilling action with hilarious characters and goofy jokes.
Watch if you liked: Starsky and Hutch, Lethal Weapon, The Other Guys
The Fashion Flick – Gloss (2017)
Gloss is described by many as a Russian spin on hit comedy The Devil Wears Prada. It is a canny satire on the modern fixation with fashion and celebrity culture. The film follows Galia, a seamstress from Rostov who moves to Moscow in the hope of becoming rich and famous.
Watch if you liked: The Devil Wears Prada, The September Issue
The WWII Drama – Paradise (2016)
The multi-award winning Paradise is an absorbing Holocaust drama built on the unlikely juncture of grace and despair, horror and rapture.
Watch if you liked: Shindler’s List, The Pianist
The Russian Resurrection Film Festival screens at Cinema Paradiso from 27 October to 1 November 2017. Check out the full program.