Get to Know the 10 Films Playing at the Russian Film Fest ’17

The Russian Resurrection Film Festival has been, erm, re-resurrected, bringing 10 Russian features to Rialto Newmarket in Auckland this November.

See below for a brief rundown on what’s playing (and when) or head right here to book tickets.

The Bolshoi

Playing 6.15pm, Wednesday 08 Nov – Opening Night | Book tickets

Renowned filmmaker Valery Todorovsky directs this glimpse inside the Bolshoi Theatre and the lives of its graceful dancers.


Playing 6.15pm, Thursday 09 Nov | Book tickets

Sword battle epic following the story of Prince Vladimir, who converted Russia to Christianity in 988.

Pique Dame

Playing 6.15pm, Friday 10 Nov | Book tickets

Sofia Mayer, the former world-renowned soprano, returns to Russia to direct the opera that she made famous from the co-writer of The King’s Speech.


Playing 8.30pm, Friday 10 Nov | Book tickets

Big-budget sci-fi following the civil disruption that occurs after a gigantic unidentified flying object crash lands in Moscow.

The Kitchen – Final Battle

Playing 2.00pm, Saturday 11 Nov | Book tickets

Culinary comedy, a follow-up to Kitchen in Paris.

Runaway Train (1985)

Playing 4.15pm, Saturday 11 Nov | Book tickets

Andrei Konchalovsky’s second American film, based on a screenplay by the Japanese master Akira Kurosawa, follows two fugitives who escape prison and jump on a train – only for the train conductor to drop dead.

About Love. Adults Only.

Playing 6.15pm, Saturday 11 Nov | Book tickets

Multi-story romantic comedy following numerous couples looking to re-energise their love life. Co-stars John Malkovich.


Playing 8.30pm, Saturday 11 Nov | Book tickets

Based on the true story, this space adventure follows the Russian astronauts who attempted to be the first human beings to walk on the moon.

Anna Karenina: Vronsky’s Story

Playing 3.00pm, Sunday 12 Nov | Book tickets

An innovative adaptation of Tolstoy’s famous tale, setting the classic in the aftermath of one of the battles of the Russo–Japanese war.

Uncle Vanya (1970)

Playing 5.45pm, Sunday 12 Nov | Book tickets

This 1970 film adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play features some of Russia’s greatest screen actors such as Irina Kupchenko, Innokenti Smoktunovsky, and Sergei Bondarchuk.