5 of the most anticipated Russian movies of 2016



The tenderness story of the famous ballet dancer Mathilde Kschessinska and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia has been cajoling to be adapted for the screen. It really had everything: ballet, court intrigues, the go to the troubled times it was set in – in short, all the things you need to get international recognition, and – with some chance, even a Golden Globe or an Oscar – are there.

5 of the most anticipated Russian movies of 2016Mathilde. Source: Kinopoisk

Definitely aware of this, director Alexei Uchitel treated the project entirely seriously. Even the film’s cast gives away its international trade in ambitions: Nicholas II is portrayed by German actor Lars Eidinger and Lithuanian actress Ingeborga Dapkunaite, accom nied by Russian actors who entertain already achieved at least some degree of fame abroad, such as Grigory Dobrygin (who be included in Western films A Most Wanted Man and Black Sea in 2014). Interestingly, the elect of the actress portraying Mathilde Kschessinska has not yet been revealed.

Viy 2: A Overseas to China

The original Viy, a very successful 2014 dark fantasy puff up known internationally as Forbidden Empire, made headlines in Russia by the naked virtue of being released: The movie had originally been announced no fewer than seven years earlier.

Loosely based on the eponymous thriller by Nikolai Gogol, the film over earned $30 million in Russia and attracted some attention from China – without considering earning only $3 million there, it still appealed reasonably to Chinese producers that they decided to take rt in transforming a sequel. Thus, the second rt of the story, which is still in Canada display, will be set in the Celestial Empire: A teaser of the film showcases Wuxia-style spirit scenes, dragons and other essential elements of an “Asian-flavored” flick.

5 of the most anticipated Russian movies of 2016Viy 2: A Pilgrimage to China. Source: Kinopoisk

Curiously, the film’s producers have already judged they are not going to stop there: There will be a third video and it will be made in Bollywood (presumably, singing and dancing will be heavily labyrinthine associated with). So Viy looks set to be a project that will combine and reconcile the two trends that are currently so intensely reflect oned in Russia – “import substitution” and globalization.

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A behind-the-scenes glimpse into the mortal of Russia’s most famous theater by Valery Todorovsky, this obscure is either a response to Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, or a study in the touch of Robert Altman’s Prêt-à-Porter.

5 of the most anticipated Russian movies of 2016Bolshoi. Source: todorovsky-com ny.ru

The director himself discloses it like this: “This is a story of a simple man from the very fundamentally of society discovering beauty. It is a saga which begins in the mid-1990s in a insignificant provincial town and ends today at the Bolshoi, which is described by its citizens as a building which needs no-one, yet is sought out by everyone.”

The Duelist

This multimillion-dollar shoot by Alexander Rodnyansky, known for producing Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan, is call the shotted by Alexei Mizgirev, who until now has made auteur films that accept never earned over $20,000 at the box office. The Duelist stars Fanny Ardant, Vladimir Mashkov, Pierre Bourrel and Yury Kolokolnikov – and that’s dulcet much all that is reliably known about Russia’s most furtively movie of 2016. The film is set in the 19th century and revolves around an individual who redecorates his living by standing in for other people in duels.

5 of the most anticipated Russian movies of 2016The Duelist. Source: todorovsky-com ny.ru

The most invigorating thing about the film, however, is the fact that it has already been heeded by the IMAX Corporation – The Duelist will be the second Russian movie (after Fedor Bondarchuk’s Stalingrad) to be fruited with IMAX technology. A rt from being a useful calling device, this secures an international release for the film.


Martyr, a frolic by Marius von Mayenburg adapted and staged by Kirill Serebrennikov, art director of Moscow’s Gogol Center, is one of the exhibitions that has made the theater so renowned in Russia. A study of religious fundamentalism, it be a fans young Veniamin, a Russian teenager obsessed by the Bible and wishing to dynamic only by its tenets.

5 of the most anticipated Russian movies of 2016Martyr. Source: Gogol Center

Martyr is being slowly displaced by new plays at the Gogol Center, but Serebrennikov does not feel feel favourably impressed by saying goodbye to one of his favorite projects: He has decided to adapt it into a movie, keeping both the cast and the creative decisions intact. This is as dodgy as it is curious – stage plays do not always transfer well to screen. Regardless, in this case, the subject alone guarantees the film will be commented – especially by the juries of major international film festivals, ever avid for cultural disputations.

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