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

Russian Titles (L-Z)

Leti͡at zhuravl = The Cranes Are Flying
"When Veronica's lover, Boris, goes to war, she moves in with Boris' family. His cousin seduces her and out of guilt she marrys him. Unhappy in her marriage and still in love with Boris she leaves her husband to wait for Boris to return. Later she learns Boris has been killed in the war."

Letter Never Sent
"This absorbing tale of exploration and survival concerns four members of a geological expedition who are stranded in the bleak and unforgiving Siberian wilderness while on a mission to find diamonds."

Little Vera
"The story of a sullen, sultry teenager with few goals in life who is trying to deal with a brooding boyfriend, an abusive alcoholic father, an ineffectual mother and the futility of a life trapped in her small industrial town."

The Major = Maĭor (Russian)
"Sergey Sobolev, a police major driving recklessly across an icy stretch of highway, hits and kills a young boy. The boy's mother Irina finds her already unbearable pain and anguish compounded when a cover-up is set in motion to protect Sergey."

Moskva slezam ne verit = Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears
"A romantic comedy about three young, working-class, country girls, who go to Moscow in 1958 to seek work, men, and success. Looks at the results of their expedition in 1978."

Night Watch
"Living among humans are those who possess various supernatural powers. They are divided into the forces of light and the forces of the dark. Centuries ago both sides signed a treaty to end a war. Now the battle is about to happen again."

9 rota = 9th Company: Afghanistan the First Time
"The film is based on a true story of the 9th company during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s. Young Soviet Army recruits are sent from boot camp directly into the war in Afghanistan. Real war is not like boot camp at all. This inexperienced company is sent to defend a difficult position, a task which may be beyond their capabilities."

"A moving adaptation of Ivan Goncharov's great 19th century tragi-comedy novel about a gentle aristocrat who would rather sleep than compete in a modern world of expanding industrialization."

Of Freaks and Men = Pro urodov i li͡udeĭ
"Explores the seamy underside of the early 20th century upper classes."-

Okno v Parizh = Window to Paris
"A young musician discovers a magic window which takes him and his friends from his rundown Russian apartment to the streets of Paris."

Ostrov = The Island
"Somewhere in Northern Russia, in a small Russian Orthodox monastery, lives a very unusual man. His fellow monks are confused by his bizarre conduct. Those who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the future. However, he considers himself unworthy because of a sin he committed in his youth. A parable about faith and salvation, The Island combines the realities of everyday Russian life with monastic ritual and routine."

Otet͡s i syn = Father and Son
"A father and son live together in a rooftop apartment. They have lived alone for years in their own private world. Sometimes they seem like brothers, at other times they appear to be like lovers. Following in his father's footsteps, the son, Alexei attends military school. He likes sports and has problems with his girlfriend. She is jealous of Alexei's relationship with his father. Alexei's father knows he should maybe accept a better job in another city, maybe search for a new wife. But who will ease the pain of Alexei's nightmares?"

Putin's Kiss
"Portrays contemporary life in Russia through the story of Masha, a 19 year-old girl who is a member of Nashi, a political youth organization connected with the Kremlin. Extremely ambitious, the young Masha quickly rises to the top of Nashi, but begins to question her involvement when a dissident journalist whom she has befriended is savagely attacked."

The Queen of Spades: The Dark Rite (Russian)
"Legend has it that any mirror may become a portal into the world of the dead. It is said the Queen of Spades gets her energy from reflective objects and anyone who sees her will go insane or die. When four teenagers summon the Queen as a joke, one of them dies suddenly and the group realizes they have conjured up an inexplicable and deadly evil."

The Random
"A girl from another dimension uses a mysterious function, the Random, to materialize in our world and perform a certain mission. She does not know the aim of the mission, but she follows her intuition with absolute trust in the game, traveling to a remote town and interacting with different people she meets along the way including a pregnant girl with an amazing gift, an insurance agent exploring his dark side, a policewoman dancing flamenco, and a man trying to find the daughter he left twenty years ago."

The Return
"Two teenage Russian boys have their father return home suddenly after being absent for 12 years. The father takes the boys on a holiday to a remote island on a lake in the north of Russia that turns into a test of manhood of almost mythic proportions."

Roads to Koktebel
"A father sets off from Moscow with his 11-year-old son for his sister's house in Koktebel by the Black Sea. With no money, nor means of transportation, they drift through the expansive and mesmeric landscapes at the mercy of chance. For the father, the journey is an attempt to restore self-respect and win back the trusct of his son. For the boy, the mythic coastal town holds the key to a new life."

Russian Ark
"A modern filmmaker magically finds himself transported to the 18th century where he embarks on a time-traveling journey through 300 years of Russian history. The first feature film ever created in a single take."

Save and Protect
"...a visually sumptuous adaptation of Flaubert's Madame Bovary."

Schastʹe moe  = My Joy
"Truck driver Georgy is out on a routine delivery but after a series of chance encounters, he finds himself in a village where it seems there is no way out."

"An epic romantic drama about three generations of two feuding families, the rich Solomins and the poor Ustyuzhanins, of a rural Siberian village, from the time of the Russian Revolution to the exploration during the 1980's of hidden Siberian resources."

"Tsar Boris Godunov and his family are brutally slaughtered. Russia decends into a country of chaos. Andrey is the only witness to the massacre. Guided by faith and mysticism he transforms himself from a servant to a cavalier and sets off on a quest to save Princess Ksenia, who is the missing daughter of Godunov. Andrey joins forces with the people's army leader, Prince Pozharski, and faces down the Polish army in an explosive battle for Moscow."

Sobiratelʹ pulʹ
"This drama follows the traumas of a 14-year-old boy who has a terrible home life with an angry mother and a stepfather who can barely stand the sight of him. At school, bullies torment and attack him with regularity. Prone to day-dreaming about a life where he is loved, fights back and has a beautiful girlfriend, the reality of a different and terrible life continually shocks him back to reality. Is he just a timid kid destined for abuse or will he gain the strength to fight off his attackers?"

Soli͡aris = Solaris
"Ground control has been receiving strange transmissions from the three remaining residents of the Solaris space station. When cosmonaut and psychologist Kris Kelvin is sent to investigate, he experiences the strange phenomena that afflict the Solaris crew, sending him on a voyage into the darkest recesses of his own consciousness."

"A band of determined Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to a Russian woman who has been living there... the scale of the battle contrasts dramatically with the human drama of the Russian soldiers, the few remaining civilians and their invaders into Stalingrad."

"Anton and Vlad are a handsome, happy couple living in modern day Russia - peacefully making a life for themselves in the comfortable privacy of their Moscow apartment. But everything is about to change. Driving home after taking a wrong turn, the young gay couple confront what they believe is a vicious gay bashing. For Anton, the burden of what they may have witnessed outweighs Vlad's fear of probing too deeply into the incident. Anton talks his skeptical lover into launching their own amateur investigation into the hate crime, inevitably leading to unexpected and risky consequences."

"...a mysterious tale about a young night watchman's encounter with the ghost of Chekhov."

"A young miner, long out of work and money, has spent years suffering from his unrequited love for a beautiful young woman. After spending several years in Moscow, the woman returns even more unattainable. Yet she herself proposes marriage to the startled miner."

"Set in contemporary Moscow where 12 men must decide the fate of a young man accused of murdering his step-father. Consigned to a makeshift jury room, one by one each man takes center stage to confront, connect, and confess while the accused awaits a verdict and revisits his heartbreaking journey through war in flashbacks."

"Gombo, a Mongolian shepherd, and Sergei, a Russian road builder, strike up a friendship and go on the road together, headed for the city. Intending to buy a TV and condoms, Gombo is on his way to becoming a modern man. But present-day ways may not be so alluring after all."

Utomlennye solnt͡sem = Burnt by the Sun
"Nikita Mikhalkov directs and stars as Colonel S. Kotov, a hero of the Revolution, who is spending the summer in the country with his young daughter (Mikhalkov's real-life daughter), his wife and her eccentric family. But when his wife's childhood love suddenly appears, the idyllic summer day takes a surprising turn. A lyrical film filled with beauty and warmth, it is also an indelible account of a man dedicated to family and fatherland, cruelly destroyed by political paranoia."

War and Peace
"A painstakingly detailed adaptation of the Tolstoy novel which follows the interconnected lives of a group of Russian aristocrats from 1805 to 1812, including Napoleon's invasion of Russia."

Whispering Pages
"...a brooding beautiful film inspired by nineteenth century Russian literature, primarily Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment."

Wings = Krylia
"Suffocated by modern-day living, a buttoned-down headmistress reminisces about her glory days as a World War II pilot."

Zerkalo = The Mirror
"Tarkovsky's looking glass is not merely cracked but shattered and we see the jagged, jumbled reflections of its shards, images of Tarkovsky's childhood mixed with fragments of his adult life--a child's wartime exile, a mother's experience with political terror, the breakup of a marriage, life in a country home--all intermingled with slow-motion dream."