First launched in 2003, this is the 11th Russian Film Festival hosted by Australia. This year's festival is aptly named Russian Resurrection. Aside from its religious definition - resurrection's other definition is described as follows: the act of causing something that had ended or been forgotten or lost to exist again, to be used again, etc.
The aim of this year's festival is to cast aside Russia's past and current political situations and with an open mind and no preconceptions, purely enjoy what is truly world-class cinema.
I was fortunate in being invited to attend Russian Resurrection's opening night and after party in Adelaide, featuring the internationally acclaimed epic Vasilisa.
Set in the Russia of 1812 - where noble classes ruled over serfs, Vasilisa captures the critical moments of Napoleon's invasion by the French into Russia.