2019: My favorite Russian movies

by dmitri-batuev | created - 2 months ago | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

London Russian Cinema Week is the largest foreign festival of Russian cinema. And this is really good propaganda of Russian films. But why at the festival among 22 films this year there was no place for such films as “Beanpole”, “Kerosene” and “Fidelity” remains a mystery. "Beanpole" is another success of Kantemir Balagov, who deservedly received the prizes of the Cannes Film Festival. A frank story about the fate of the main character and her friend, who are trying to find their way in life in post-war Leningrad. The magnificent duet of actresses Victoria Miroshnichenko and Vasilisa Perelygina as if plunges the movie’s audience into the gloomy half-starved world, where there is still a place for love and happiness. The debut drama about the First World War of the young director Alexander Zolotukhin “A Russian Youth” was warmly received at the Berlin Festival. In the top 3 of 45 watched Russian films, I would include the drama "Kerosin" by Yusup Razykov. Best Comedy - “Kholop” by Klim Shipenko; The best thriller - “Text” by Klim Shipenko based on the novel by Dmitry Glukhovsky; Best Action - “Leaving Afghanistan” by Pavel Lungin; The best adaptation is the drama by Alexander Galibin, “My Little Sister”; Best Series -"The Outbreak" by Pavel Kostomarov. Best documentary is Sorokin's Journey by Ilya Belov about one of the main contemporary Russian writers. The highest-grossing Russian film of 2019 - “Kholop” (gross: $ 47,6 million!).

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1. Beanpole (2019)

130 min | Drama, War

85 Metascore

1945, Leningrad. WWII has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Two young women search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins.

Director: Kantemir Balagov | Stars: Viktoria Miroshnichenko, Vasilisa Perelygina, Andrey Bykov, Igor Shirokov

Votes: 3,746

2. Kerosin (2019)

77 min | Drama

The fantastic story about the power of simple people, capable of living and surviving in the most complex circumstances, about love, loyalty and beauty.

Director: Yusup Razykov | Star: Elena Susanina

Votes: 18

3. A Russian Youth (2019)

72 min | Drama, War

The First World war was a tragedy that launched a series of severe tests for the Russian people: revolution, civil war, famine, political repression, the Second World war. And all this fell... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Zolotukhin | Stars: Mikhail Buturlov, Filipp Dyachkov, Sergey Goncharenko, Vladimir Korolev

Votes: 94

4. Vernost (2019)

82 min | Drama

By the age of 30, Lena was able to achieve good results in life. She worked as an obstetrician-gynecologist. Colleagues respected, and happy patients tried to thank her. Her personal life ... See full summary »

Director: Nigina Sayfullaeva | Stars: Evgeniya Gromova, Aleksandr Pal, Marina Vasileva, Aleksey Agranovich

Votes: 672

5. My Little Sister (2019)

94 min | Drama, Family, War

As far back as Yamil can remember, the war was always. But Yamil is waiting for its end, because then his Father, known to the boy only through photos and letters, will be back home. One ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Galibin | Stars: Sulpan Abdrakhimova, Ilgiza Gilmanova, Arslan Krymchurin, Usuf Rakhmetov

Votes: 121

6. Text (2019)

132 min | Drama, Thriller

Ilya Goryunov has spent seven years in prison on false charges of drug trafficking. When Ilya is free he realizes that the old life that he yearned for is no more. Although he did not ... See full summary »

Director: Klim Shipenko | Stars: Kristina Asmus, Dmitriy Glukhovskiy, Pavel Golubev, Vitaliy Khaev

Votes: 1,539

7. Leaving Afghanistan (2019)

113 min | Action, Drama, War

1988-1989. The end of the Soviet-Afghan war. The USSR begins its withdrawal from Afghanistan. Soviet General Vasiliev's son - a pilot named Alexander gets kidnapped by the mujahideen after ... See full summary »

Director: Pavel Lungin | Stars: Roman Kolotukhin, Mikhail Kremer, Aleksandr Kuznetsov, Kirill Pirogov

Votes: 621

8. Kholop (2019)

Not Rated | 109 min | Comedy

An ill-behaved, greedy man wakes up in a 19th century village and finds he is a peasant.

Director: Klim Shipenko | Stars: Milos Bikovic, Vadim Demchog, Ivan Okhlobystin, Aleksandra Bortich

Votes: 1,098

9. Epidemiya (I) (2019)

Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An unknown virus turns Moscow into a city of the dead. There is no electricity, money has lost all value and those who are still not infected, are desperately fighting for food and fuel. ... See full summary »

Stars: Viktoriya Agalakova, Viktoriya Isakova, Kirill Käro, Aleksandr Robak

Votes: 434

10. Sorokin Trip (2019)

90 min | Documentary

Documentary about Vladimir Sorokin, one of the most prominent Russian writers.

Director: Ilya Belov | Star: Vladimir Sorokin

Votes: 66



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