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For the tenth Russian Resurrection Film Festival – which offers new films and old and a fascinating insight into life in the world’s largest country – Time Out has selected ten highlights. Don your best fur hat for these...


In ice hockey-mad Russia, Legend No 17 became the highest grossing Russian film of all time in just two weeks. It’s about hockey star Valery Harlamov, who rose to the top of the sport internationally in the 1970s. It’s the opening night film.


For Marx by controversial director Svetlana Beskova is about steel-factory workers who form a new union because their official union is corrupt. Drawing upon the work of Eisenstein, it dramatises the conflict between Soviet-style workers and new Russian capitalists and asks the question: could Marxism be repeated in Russia?


An autistic boy is the subject of observational documentary Anton’s Right Here. Shooting over a number of years, director Lyubov Arkus gradually enters the story and gets involved in Anton’s difficulties. The film has been praised for simplicity, frankness and emotional impact – bring tissues.


The Russian underground system, with its chandeliers and Soviet-era grandeur, is a source of national pride. In Metro, Russia’s first big-budget disaster picture, the Moscow River floods the underground lines endangering hundreds of passengers. The movie was filmed in a genuine metro system.


Gentlemen of Fortune (1971) is a comedy of errors in which a kindergarten teacher is sent to prison undercover to impersonate the hardened criminal he resembles. See this comedy classic, or the recent remake, which is also screening in the festival.


Based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen, The Snow Queen is about an evil queen who has blanketed the world in ice. Expect a feisty heroine, cute animals, monsters, trolls, slapstick humour, and a Hollywood remake coming soon.


Mikhail Sega’s film Short Stories is about a manuscript that arrives at a publisher’s and mysteriously influences the lives of everyone who reads it. The film’s four intertwining narratives tackle corruption, tradition and Westernisation in contemporary Russia.


A bit of retrospective retitling is going on with the 1973 film Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future. This bizarre film based on a novel by Bulgakov involves a time machine that sends the superintendent of an apartment building back to the 16th century and brings Ivan the Terrible forward to the 20th.


Georgia and Russia bury the hatchet for co-produced ensemble romcom Love With an Accent, proving that love knows no borders. This fast-paced romp has multiple plotlines, centring on an overweight woman’s quest for a baby.


In The Iron Butterfly, a cop uses a teenage delinquent girl as bait in a trap for a serial killer, but doesn’t count on becoming emotionally involved. This nail-biting thriller is also a study in psychology.


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By Nick Dent   |  

Russian Resurrection Film Festival 2013 details

Cnr Toorak Rd & Chapel St, South Yarra 3141

Telephone 03 9827 7533

Nearby Stations: South Yarra

Date 03 Jul 2013-16 Jul 2013

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