From contemporary comedies and psychological thrillers to love stories set in the picturesque mountains of Armenia and against the backdrop of the Tsar's last days, the Russian Resurrection Film Festival will take audiences on a thrilling journey through one of the world's most diverse and exhilarating film cultures.
Taking place around the country between 27 October to 16 November, the Festival's Melbourne season will be held at Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square from 10 to 16 November.
'I am proud and honoured to show Australian audiences what the Russian film industry has to offer," said Festival Director, Nicholas Maksymow. 'With over 85,000 people having attended the event since we started in 2004, it seems Australians really do appreciate what the Russian film industry has to offer. Particularly in 2016, which has officially been announced as the year of Russian cinema, I can't wait for them to see the terrific selection of films we have programed for this year."
The sparkling 2016 program features quality Russian cinema – old and new, with highlights including:
The recent Cannes Film Festival hit, The Student, from award-winning director Kirill Serebrennikov.
The wonderful examination of the fractures between love and ambition in Moscow Never Sleeps from Russian-speaking Irish filmmaker Johnny O'Reilly.Two huge blockbusters: Flight Crew – the number one film at the 2016 Russian Box Office, which is this year's Opening Night Film, and Icebreaker – the eagerly awaited action adventure tale which is yet to be released in Russia.
Alexei Mizgirevs' historical thriller The Duelist features some of Russia's biggest film stars and will be sure to captivate audiences.
A romantic comedy All that Jam, starring Australian actor, Martin Dingle Wall.
The Good Boy, another romantic comedy, which won this year's Audience Award at Kinotavr Film Festival.
The program also features a retrospective of Russian classics including digitally re-mastered prints of Alexander Nevsky (1938) by Sergei Eisentein and Dmitri Vasilyev, about one of the greatest Princes in Russian history. King Lear (1971) by Grigori Kozintsev and Ivan the Terrible Parts I and II (1944-58) again by Sergei Eisenstein, which, on Stalin's orders, was banned at the time of release (Part II, which inevitably led to the cancellation of Part III).
To view the full Festival program, visit: http://russianresurrection.com/2016
Melbourne tickets will be on sale from 13 October via the ACMI website: https://www.acmi.net.au/film/festivals/
Sydney – 27 October to 05 November
Canberra – 01 November to 06 November
Brisbane – 02 November to 09 November
Perth – 10 November to 16 November
Melbourne – 10 November to 16 November
Sydney – Event Cinemas George Street and Event Cinemas Burwood
Melbourne – Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square
Brisbane – Event Cinemas Myer Centre
Canberra – Capitol Cinemas Manuka
Perth – Cinema Paradiso