Surprising Picks For This Year’s Russian Resurrection Film Festival


Outside of Russia, the Russian Resurrection film festival remains the largest and most respected Russian catalogue in both Australia and New Zealand.

Running in Brisbane from 1st – 8th November at the Event Cinemas in the Myer Centre in Brisbane’s CBD, this year’s line-up will serve 14 select titles throughout, as well as celebrating the finest Russian culture with opening night gala events featuring live entertainment, local cuisine, and Imperial vodka cocktails.

“The Russian Resurrection Film Festival is a celebration of one of the most diverse film cultures and it’s not only become one of Australia’s favourite festivals but also an important date on the Russian film calendar,” festival director Nicholas Maksymow said.

“Our program this year is bigger and better than ever and we are so delighted to be welcoming some of Russia’s most talented film stars to join us.”

For those uninitiated in the ways of Russian cinema, I gather many will be surprised at the quality of films being produced and offered to Australian audiences to enjoy. Fans of deep-space thrills can earn their fix with the Soviet space station drama ‘Salyut-7’, and love story enthusiasts will respond positively to the tender and gripping ‘Cold Tango’ – which depicts a romance that blossoms between a young Jew and a Lithuanian girl amongst the violent realities of Nazi Germany.

If you crave material more psychologically challenging then the ‘Black Swan’-inspired psychodrama ‘Pique Dame’, about a retired theatre diva returning to the stage via any means necessary, should satisfy your dark desires.

Also earning a surprise spot on the line-up this year is the 1980’s buddy cop comedy ‘Tango & Cash’ starring Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell and Teri Hatcher; the film’s Russian director, Andrei Konchalovsky, no doubt securing a special place in the catalogue.

From humble beginnings in 2004 where the festival screened in just three cities throughout Australia to a national level event held in all major Australian capitals, as well as New Zealand, the Russian Resurrection film festival is earning larger audiences every year – will 2017 be your year?

For more information about titles and screening times, visit the Russian Resurrection Film Festival website.

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