I have a had a life-long love of the arts; enjoying theatre, ballet, art and movies. We are all time poor and have limits to our entertainment budget so I hope an honest review will help make your choices easier.
The festival opens on 7 November with The Coach, directed by and featuring super hunk Danila Kozlovsky - the biggest name in Russia cinema at the moment. The Coach captures the emotion and spirit of the Russian football world, following Yuri, the country's star striker, and his fall from grace and subsequent redemptive arc. The film is a heart-warming and inspirational sports drama - a great choice for the festival premiere.
In The Hood, another Danila Kozlovsky film, is an edgy and hyper-masculine action thriller that is based on a true story. In The Hood focuses on two friends who enjoy chasing girls and fast cars.
Also on offer are two films by Konstantin Khabenskiy, Selfie and Sobibor. Selfie is a sexy psychological thriller about identity theft and how our online personas can take over our lives. Sobibor is a Holocaust drama centring on the real-life Sobibor concentration camp breakout. This is an uplifting and inspiring story that exposes the endurance of the human spirit.
If you are looking for something lighter you could laugh out loud with Night Shift, the Russian Full Monty equivalent that also pokes fun at Russia's political system and culture. Or Lady With a Little Dog, a classic that will take you (five/ten/twenty years) back to your first love. Another romance is I'm Losing Weight, a light rom-com based on friendship and love.
If arthouse films are more your taste, then think about Jumpman. It is a highly realistic, brutal and gripping drama that follows the story of Denis, a young boy given up for adoption as a baby. When his mother learns, that Denis is unable to feel physical pain, she reclaims him and enlists him in a criminal scam that involves judges, lawyers, police and a doctor........all willing to bend their morals for financial interests. Pagans is also an arthouse drama but it tackles existential and philosophical questions.
The festival closes with the powerful moving trilogy Witnesses which tells the story of the Holocaust from the perspective of three uncanny witnesses on 14 November. A captivating score makes this less than conventional film expose the sheer evil and terror that pervaded every aspect of the Holocaust, and is sure to open the eyes of everyone who sees it.
Films by Genre
Fantasy:The Last Warrior Comedy: Lively Voyage, Marriage(1977), Night Shift Romantic Comedy:I'm Losing Weight Romance Drama:The Cranes are Flying, Tutor Drama:Hamlet, Ice, In the Hood, Lady with a Little Dog, Summer Sports Drama:The Coach Historical Drama (Holocaust): Sobibor, Witnesses Drama Thriller (art house): Jumpman, Pagans Thriller; Thriller/Horror: The Soul Conductor, Selfie, The Challenge War: Never Say Goodbye
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at the box office or online at russianresurrection.com/2018/sessions/2018-eventbrisbane