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Here are six of the most popular Russian language feature films of 2015 you should definitely watch.
1. Савва – Сердце воина Savva. Heart of a warrior
An animated movie about the journey of a young, courageous boy Savva in a mission to rescue his family and village from evil creatures. In an enchanted forest far away, residents have long forgotten the meaning of danger, until one day the small village gets attacked. Savva, being the only one who has managed to escape in time, has to find a miracle solution to free the village.
The film is set in Goa, India. Igor, a Russian tycoon and his daughter Eva get into an argument whilst travelling in his private jet. As a result, Igor orders the plane to land and she is forced by her father to quickly disembark. Once in Goa, she quickly disappears and Igor with the help of the police begins to search for his only daughter. During the search, Igor and Eva get into contact with various characters, mainly downshifters from Russia, with different destinies but from the same motherland.
3. Бармен Barmen
Бармен is a comedy you will definitely enjoy. The main character, Vadim, is an office worker whose mission is to change his boring and ordinary life. Suddenly his life changes one afternoon, when he is offered a cocktail by a mysterious bartender, while pondering his life in a pub. After his cocktail, Vadim realises that his life is quickly being transformed for the better, with him becoming successful and attractive, but how long can he keep it up once the cocktails run out?
4. Битва за Севастополь Battle for Sevastopol
It is a biographical movie about a young student Lyudmila Paylichenko who is forced to enlist in the army by the breakout of the war in 1941. In fighting the Nazi invasion of the USSR she turns out to be a natural-born sniper with many impressive skills which make her stand out among the others. However at the same time these skills put her in danger as the German High Command gives orders to kill her as soon as possible. She must soon leave the man she loves and heads to the United States in the search for assistance.
5. Под электрическими облаками Under electric clouds
Thought provoking “Under electric clouds” takes place in Russia in 2017. We meet 7 very different people living there, their lives and their stories. It presents us with the rich and the ordinary, raising questions of whether to emigrate or to stay in Russia.
5. Пиковая дама: Черный обрядc Queen of Spades: the dark rite
If you’re a fan of horror movies then ‘Пиковая дама: Черный обрядc’ should be on your list. The movie begins with four teenagers, who decide to call The Queen of Spades as a joke. According to legend, she can be summoned by drawing a door and staircase on a mirror in the darkness, while saying her name three times. However it turns out to be something inexplicable and fatal when one of them dies of a sudden heart attack.
Written By: Klaudia Kowalska
The UoB Linguist Magazine
Guild of Students,
University of Birmingham