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Russian Resurrection Film Festival 2016

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by Natalia Tsygankova (subscribe)
Freelance writer, journalist and presenter, Russian Kaleidoscope on channel 31, a passionate Melbournian since 1999. Harassed by two little girls, sleep deprived, I bake for stress relief.
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The art of Russian cinema
Russian Resurection 2016

The biggest festival of Russian films outside of Russia has just opened in Melbourne. At the after party, the vodka was free flowing, the Russian dancing cheered on and Russian Bear, the festival mascot, was energetically hugged to the point of suffocation. Russians sure can party. And Russians without a doubt can make great movies.

For 13 years now, the festival has been bringing the gems and joys of Russian cinema to its fans. Each year, the festival grows and the program becomes stronger and bolder, reflecting the development of Russian cinematography and storytelling.


The Melbourne season opened with 'The Student', a thought-provoking drama, which this year won the Francois Chalais special prize at Cannes.

If you thrillers are your thing, you'll get your spooks from the Queen of Spades: The Dark Rite" the highest grossing Russian thriller of 2016. Another spectacular film is a blockbuster "The Crew", for which a fake airport was built. This movie was such a hit in Russia that as of now it remains the 6th highest-grossing Russian movie ever made.

The Crew
'The Crew'

The Australian critics have noted star-studded drama 'The Duelist", which received the Best New Russian film award in Terra Australias.

Cinema studies students and Russian film enthusiasts will not miss the classic 'Ivan the Terrible', the tickets to which sold out at the Sydney session.

As usual, Russian Resurrection doesn't forget about the families. The animated "Sinbad: Pirates of the Seven Storms" will delight the kids this year.

The comedies will distract you from the doom and gloom of US election. Don't miss the laugh out loud "The Very Best Day" and "The Good Boy" which this year won the audience award at Kinotavr, the most prestigious Russian film festival.

Whatever genre you enjoy, you'll find something that will entertain, educate, inform or challenge your thinking at this year's Russian Resurrection.

Russia is a huge country with unique stories. We are lucky once again to experience these stories on big screen. Grab a friend or go by yourself and indulge in the art of Russian cinema. You will not be disappointed.

All films are dubbed. All information about the festival, including film trailers, you'll find on the festival website.
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Why? If you are fan of Russian cinema or unique storytelling
When: sessions are on the website
Where: ACMI, Federation Square
Cost: Adult $19, Con/Student $16, kids $13, 3 film pass $51
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