2018: My favorite Russian movies

by dmitri-batuev | created - 13 Dec 2018 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

Bravo Sochi Film Festival Kinotavr! 4 films from the list - participants of the competition program of this festival. It was a mistake to send to Oscar the average film "Sobibor". Now, if Russia was represented by a war drama with the main character of a 6-year-old girl, "Anna's War", directed by Fedorchenko, there would have been chances to fight for the statuette.Top 3 of 71 films of the year, in my opinion. "The Man Who Surprised Everyone" is a bold and very realistic Siberian drama by Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov. What sacrifices and what changes in life are people ready to live in a distant village and find out that he has 2 months left to live? What tests can he subject himself and those close to him? The authors of the film, directors, actors Evgeniy Tsyganov, Natalya Kudryashova and Estonian cameraman Mart Taniel, also "surprised everyone" with their brilliant work. "Ayka" is the main festival success of the year of Russian cinema. The director of the film, Sergei Dvortsevoy, worked for 7 long years about 7 short days in inhospitable Moscow of a woman migrant worker. A barely standing pregnant woman is struggling for life with all her strength, taking on any hard work. Absolutely fair award for the best female role of the Cannes Film Festival went to the wonderful Kazakh actress Samal Eslyamova. Sad fact: the Ministry of Culture of Russia annually distributes a huge amount of money for mediocre films, but can not forgive the debt of the director of this film, which glorified Russia."The Russian Demon" is a scandalous film by Gregoriy Konstantinopolskiy, in which a variety of genres are masterfully intertwined: drama, comedy, detective, action film and musical. The film gracefully pulls out all the skeletons of modern glamorous heroes from their old gangster cabinets of the 90s. This story reminds us all of what is actually behind the beautiful facade of today's Russian business. The best music, of course, biographical musical drama “Summer” by Kirill Serebrennikov, which he mounted under house arrest. The best series - "An Ordinary Woman" by Boris Khlebnikov. The highest-grossing Russian film of 2018 is Alexey Sidorov's war drama “T-34” (Gross: $36,2M!).

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1. The Man Who Surprised Everyone (2018)

105 min | Drama

When a Siberian state forest guard discovers he has cancer and only two months left to live he chooses to take the identity of a woman as a way of fighting the disease.

Directors: Aleksey Chupov, Natasha Merkulova | Stars: Evgeniy Tsyganov, Natalya Kudryashova, Yuriy Kuznetsov, Aleksey Filimonov

Votes: 495

2. Ayka (2018)

100 min | Drama

A poor migrant woman in Moscow struggles with her life.

Director: Sergei Dvortsevoy | Stars: Samal Yeslyamova, Zhipara Abdilaeva, Sergey Mazur, David Alaverdyan

Votes: 810

3. Russkiy Bes (2018)

98 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Contemporary Moscow. Svyatoslav, a poor boy, falls in love with Asya, a rich girl, and wants to marry her. To support her in the manner in which she is accustomed, he opens an upscale ... See full summary »

Director: Grigoriy Konstantinopolskiy | Stars: Ivan Makarevich, Lyubov Aksyonova, Yuliya Aug, Viktoriya Isakova

Votes: 162

4. Crystal Swan (2018)

95 min | Drama

In 1990s Belarus, a wanderlust young DJ is derailed by a typo in a forged US Visa application, forcing her to a backwater village where she is determined to fake her way to the American dream.

Director: Darya Zhuk | Stars: Alina Nasibullina, Ivan Mulin, Yuriy Borisov, Svetlana Anikey

Votes: 700

5. Serdtse mira (2018)

124 min | Drama

Egor is a vet at a training facility for hunting dogs in a remote region of the country. Surrounded by foxes, deer, badgers, and dogs, he lives in a small building next to the house of the ... See full summary »

Director: Nataliya Meshchaninova | Stars: Stepan Devonin, Dmitriy Podnozov, Yana Sekste, Ekaterina Vasiljeva

Votes: 394

6. Anna's War (2018)

74 min | Drama

The entire family of a 6-year-old Anna dies in the mass coordinated execution of Jews. The mother covers up Anna with her own body, and the girl miraculously survives. For the next few ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksey Fedorchenko | Stars: Marta Kozlova, Lyubov Vorozhtsova, Vladimir Sapin, Aleksandr Vakhov

Votes: 373

7. Leto (2018)

126 min | Biography, Music, Romance

69 Metascore

A love triangle emerges around a rock and roll musician, his protege and his wife in 1980s Russia.

Director: Kirill Serebrennikov | Stars: Teo Yoo, Irina Starshenbaum, Roman Bilyk, Anton Adasinsky

Votes: 4,790

8. Elephants Can Play Football (2018)

106 min | Drama

Dmitry is a strong willed, solid guy. He could easily quit the game, if only he knew he was playing.

Director: Mikhail Segal | Stars: Aleksandra Bystrzhitskaya, Sofya Gershevich, Vladimir Mishukov, Varvara Pakhomova

Votes: 128

9. Obychnaya zhenshchina (2018– )

Comedy, Drama

39 years old Marina runs her own small business, a flower shop. She has a normal family with everyday worries. Everything about her life seems right, but behind this facade of success there are some terrible secrets lurking there.

Stars: Mariya Andreeva, Aleksandra Bortich, Tatyana Dogileva, Evgeniy Grishkovets

Votes: 248

10. T-34 (2018)

TV-14 | 139 min | Action, War

In 1944, a courageous group of Russian soldiers managed to escape from German captivity in a half-destroyed legendary T-34 tank. Those were the times of unforgettable bravery, fierce fighting, unbreakable love, and legendary miracles.

Director: Aleksey Sidorov | Stars: Alexander Petrov, Irina Starshenbaum, Viktor Dobronravov, Vinzenz Kiefer

Votes: 5,796

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