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East/Central European Langauge Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Russian Titles (A-K)

Russian Titles (A-K)

"Welcome to Absurdistan, a small village in the high desert mountains, just on the outskirts of reality, where magical visions and bizarre events fuse together. The village is facing a water shortage, but the men are too lazy to fix a rickety pipeline and the women are getting fed up with their good-for-nothing husbands. The women make a simple vow: 'No water, no sex.'"

"In a desolate, sun-sorched corner of the world, an elderly woman has come to see her beloved grandson. He is a young officer stationed at a remote military outpost. With the enemy just beyond the compound, she wanders the barracks, observing the routines of military life, before making a sudden trip into the outlying countryside."

Alexander Nevsky
"Biographical story of Prince Alexander Nevsky and his successful resistance against an attempt by the Teutonic Knights to invade Russia in 1242."

Andreĭ Rubli͡ov: strasti po Andrei͡u
"Story of the famed 15th century icon painter who survives the cruelties of medieval Russia and creates works of art."

The Ascent = Voskhozhdeniye
"...tracks two Byelorussian peasant soldiers - one on the path to redemption, the other to hell - as they try to evade Nazi forces during World War II."

Ballada o soldate = Ballad of a Soldier
"A soldier-boy earns a ten-day leave to go home to his mother by performing a desparate act of bravery at the front. On the way home he has many small adventures."

Beloe solnt͡se pustyni = White Sunset of the Desert (Russian)
"A recently discharged soldier makes his way across the desert, seeking only to get to his native village. He happens to be in the area usually occupied by a bandit and his gang. The bandit has left, abandoning all the women connected with the gang, and it falls to the soldier to help them get to safety."

Brat 2 = Brother 2
"Second film about a Russian 'hero' Danila Bargov. He meets his army buddies with whom he fought in Chechnya. One of them, Konstantin, tells Danila about his brother, a professional hockey player in America, who is swindled into an oppressive contract by the team owner and his Russian partner. A few days after this conversation Konstantin is found dead and Danila needs to go to America to solve this crime."

Brilliantovai͡a ruka
"An eccentric comedy about a modest Russian worker who starts a heroic combat against a gang of smugglers."

"A wise and forgiving communist leader decides to send a young worker, Karl Renn, as an international delegate to the Soviet Union after the worker had deserted a picket-line and had expressed doubts about the methods of class struggle in in his own country." -  Kinoeyeglasses

Dnevnoĭ dozor
"Anton fights the forces of darkness while trying to find and save his son, but when vampires from the dark side mysteriously get killed, he is framed for their murders and must now try to escape the Day Watch who is looking for his blood."

Dom durakov = House of Fools
"When the staff of a mental hospital leaves to find a better facility, the patients become unwittingly involved in the Chechen War."

"The story of Elena and Vladimir, an older couple. The wealthy but stingy Vladimir treats Elena more like a servant than a wife. They each have children from their first marriages, a son and a daughter. Elena's son is unemployed and can't feed his wife and two children; they live only on the money Elena provides them, while Vladimir's daughter lives a bohemian life. In the hospital following a heart attack, Vladimir's daughter visits him. Their time together strengthens their usually distant relationship. Upon leaving the hospital, Vladimir declares that he's decided to change his will so that his daughter will receive all his money, leaving Elena with only a meager annuity. This will make it impossible for Elena to help her son financially. Humble and obedient, Elena then resorts to a desperate step."

The Fool (Russian)
"A dramatic tale worthy of Dostoyevsky, The Fool tells the story of one man's fight against a corrupt political system. Dima is a young man eking out a living in modern day Russia as a plumber's assistant while working to finish college. Called out late one night to inspect a leak at a derelict housing community, he discovers a major structural problem and a building on the verge of collapse. In his attempt to save lives of the eight hundred residents, Dima will find himself drawn into a world of dark secrets and cancerous corruption, where politicians and power players live by their own code and where tragic consequences are but a grim afterthought."

Gamlet = Hamlet
"A screen adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy. The somber Elsinore Castle that keeps secrets of many a crime is looming over the rocky coastline. Prince Hamlet once again puts the question: 'To be, or not to be?' He is the first thinker in the line of warriors, a poet and a philosopher, a character so close to future generations. In the utterly corrupted kingdom, a lone hero is bound to take up arms to avenge his father's death."

"While the Cold War heats up on the world stage, rebellious youth in 1955 Moscow wage a cultural battle against dismal Soviet conformity, donning brightly colored black-market clothing, adopting American nicknames and reveling in forbidden jazz."

Idi i smotri = Come and See
"The experiences of a young boy coming of age during the German occupation of Byelorussia during the Great Patriotic War."

In the Fog
"It is 1942 and the western edge of the USSR is under German occupation. In the region, local partisans are waging a brutal battle against their foreign enemies. Sushenya, an innocent rail worker, is arrested with a band of saboteurs when a train is derailed not far from his village. The German officer decides to set him free rather than hang him with the others, but rumors of Sushenya's treason spread quickly and partisans Burov and Voitik seek revenge."

Italʹi͡anet͡s  = The Italian
"After discovering his mother is still alive, a six-year-old Russian boy runs away from his orphanage and sets out on a perilous journey to find her. Pursued by orphanage staff and the police, Vanya Solntsev must now face the most difficult challenges of his young life in this story inspired by true events."

Ivan the Terrible
"Biographical story of Tsar Ivan IV of Russia. Part I starts with the coronation of Ivan the Terrible and concludes with his return to power after the death of his wife. Part II covers the attempt to assassinate him in 1564."

Ivanovo detstvo = Ivan's Childhood
"A 12-year orphan boy works for the Soviet Union's Red Army during World War II, undertaking dangerous reconnaissance missions behind enemy lines."

Kavkazskiĭ plennik = Prisoner of the Mountains
"A Russian army patrol is ambushed by Caucasian rebels and two survivors are taken prisoner, by a local patriarch who is hoping to barter them for the release of his captured son. A bond of understanding develops between the soldiers and their captors, but it is broken when plans for their release go awry and a chain of violence and retaliation is precipitated."

Korolʹ Lir = KIng Lear
"A dramatization of William Shakespeare's play in which tragedy occurs when an old king prematurely divides his kingdom between his daughters in the vain hope that they will care for him in his old age."

Kukushka = The Cuckoo
"In a land torn apart by war, two men on opposite sides are about to find out they have one thing in common. Wounded and emotionally tortured, they are taken in by Anni, a young war widow. None of them understands the others' languages, but it doesn't seem to matter. After a hard day at work on Anni's farm, who needs words?"