This autumn is rich in interesting film premieres… It is especially pleasing that there are many worthy Russian films among them: the costume drama The Duelist, the thriller The Collector with Konstantin Khabensky in the title role, Kirill Serebrennikov's Disciple, successfully shown in Cannes, and others. It's time to get used to the fact that "Russian" is not synonymous with "bad." In order to finally dispel the remnants of doubts and skepticism, we present a selection of ten worthwhile domestic films released over the past few years.
While Ivan Tverdovsky's new film "Zoology" receives prizes at world film festivals (of the last high-profile merits - the jury prize at the festival in Karlovy Vary) and reaches the release only in November, it's time to get acquainted with his debut work "Class of correction" Tverdovsky is not cunning and does not reject comparisons with Lars von Trier, admits that he was strongly influenced by Dancer in the Dark. Indeed, it is not only a hand-held camera and the general style of the film, close to "Dogma". Lena Chekhova can be put on a par with Trier's Selma and Grace. The most sinister thing about The Correction Class is the transformation of “we versus all” into “all versus me alone”. Nobody answers aloud to Lena's question "why?", But everything that happens speaks for itself: "Just because you are different."
The creative path of Mikhail Mestetsky is difficult to reduce to one direction. He also has a script for a hit sports drama (Legend No. 17) and an absurd short film making fun of conspiracy documentaries (Legs - Atavism). Is it any wonder that he chose a growing up story for his feature-length directorial debut. Although the eclectic four of young guys from the "rag union" run away from civilization and the military registration and enlistment office not into the woods, but into the countryside, associations with the hit "Sundance" "Kings of Summer" nevertheless suggest themselves. The main difference here is not even in Russian originality, phantasmagoric inserts and explosive plans to ennoble Moscow. In the world of "Rag Union" there are almost no adults who would try to return the heroes to the bosom of a conformal life. Mestetsky allows his heroes to learn how to make independent decisions, sometimes letting them escape the consequences.
After the success of the melodrama with elements of magical realism "Mermaid" Anna Melikyan left for a long break. Her next feature film, Star, was released in 2014. However, last year's film "About Love", which received the main prize at "Kinotavr", became a real triumphant return. The film is a mosaic of numerous stories, the theme of which is clear from the title. Although what is happening seems to be seven years old (and "About Love" clearly desperately wants to seem as modern as possible), it is redeemed by interesting visual solutions and humor. The format of the almanac allowed Melikyan to fully work not only with her iconic actors (Maria Shalaeva and Yevgeny Tsyganov), but also with many other worthy performers. The main decoration of the film is Renata Litvinova, whose character is not only a connecting link, but also the main character of the closing novel.
In the debut of Bychkova, the romantic comedy Peter FM, the heroes still cannot meet. In the film “Another Year”, the lovers have found each other long ago and gradually come to understand that falling in love is only half the battle. The hardest part is living in a relationship. The story of the taxi driver Yegor and the illustrator Zhenya is what is usually left behind the credits in romantic comedies. Bychkova still does not give an answer to the burning question: "What to do if the marriage rests only on mutual attraction, and you are different people, not adapted to a common life?" But she gives hope.Another Year is one of the most witty contemporary Russian films, with lively dialogues and untrained jokes.
Vasily Sigarev made a name for himself on visually expressive dark dramas ("Spinning Top", "Live"), but last year he unexpectedly shot a New Year's comedy. If in "The Irony of Fate" Lukashin gets in the wrong place once and does not seek to get out, then Lenka Shabadinova gets "in the wrong place" every ten minutes, trying in vain to get to the kiosk on Torforezov Street. The title of the film refers rather to the number of the ambulance call 03 (it is this that you want to dial several times during viewing), than to the work of Baum - even Lenka-Dorothy does not have her own dog. While she wanders around Eburg and acquaints viewers with a gallery of various types (from a couch oppositionist to a compassionate elderly woman with an evil adult son hanging around her neck), a change and his friend are waiting for her in the same kiosk on Torforezov. Their philosophical conversations (including about "fecal matter") dilute Lenka's odyssey. You can understand those who will not like the film, but those who have strong nerves and love for Balabanov are definitely worth watching.
The director's tandem Taramaev - Lvova has successfully eluded the attention of the deputies for the second time, who are tirelessly vigilant in search of something to ban this. Their debut "Winter Road" openly touched upon the topic of same-sex relationships. In "Metamorphosis" this is a matter of passing and not so obvious, but for some, the friendship of an eleven-year-old girl and a young man may seem ambiguous. Be that as it may, there is no eroticism in this relationship. It was just that two "people from glass" met - this is what Sasha calls himself and the composer Alexei. "Metamorphosis" has a lot in common with "The Winter Path" (including the role of music here), but this film is more coherent and subtle. This is not a story of a misalliance or a thriller about a maniac - this is a poetic and sad movie about how some people have a way out of freedom in only one direction.
Cinematography is a bridge between cultures. The assertion that Russia is a large and multinational country seems obvious, but there are practically no films about everyday life in the republics. Debutante Ella Manzheeva decided to try to rectify the situation by filming the first Kalmyk film. In The Seagulls, she makes the most of the local texture and non-professional actors, thereby achieving a unique atmosphere and authenticity. But the main thing in the film is the story of the music teacher Elsa, who is mired in a routine. She has long wanted to get away from her fisherman husband, who does not understand her (and her mother-in-law, who treats her badly), but she cannot find the courage to take this step. But the husband disappears by himself, and the problems do not go away from this.
Angels of the Revolution
There are four angels of the revolution, like the horsemen of the apocalypse. Poet, actor, artist and director (somewhere there was lost a joke about the fact that they entered a bar and turned out to be James Franco). After all, the revolution should be primarily in the minds, it is necessary to change the hardened foundations. And what is better for this than art? New forms for the new world. Fedorchenko has produced a bright, spectacular postmodern picture in the best aesthetic traditions of Peter Greenaway. Malevich, Babel, Eisenstein are mixed in a heap - you can't read the list of ships until the middle. It remains to be hoped that there will be more and more such films: it truly fascinates and arouses interest in the history of Russia, not veiling hoaxes, but being proud of them. Vivid images shoot better than moralizing stories "based on real events."
The film is set in the summer, but it is saturated with cold - Natalya Meshchaninova placed her characters in polar Norilsk. It is not so much important as the fact that the city is eating away at the local metalworking enterprise. The environmental catastrophe around is already a part of everyday life.Most are not oppressed by such a background: people live their own lives, work and rest. But Nadya and Sveta are struggling to escape from Norilsk. Two opposites (one from an ordinary family, the other does not hesitate to earn extra money by prostitution) converged for a common goal. The point is not only that you want the sea, and not poisonous fumes. When you are young and just starting to look for your own path, the desire to escape even from well-being (often only imaginary) and start all over again is normal.
What is my name
This film can be dubbed the reverse "Return". Konstantin Lavronenko again plays the prodigal father, only this time they return to him - his daughter Sasha finds him. But she is afraid to communicate with the newly-minted dad and asks her friend to act as a daughter. The tragic ending seems inevitable, but Nigina Sayfullaeva creates an exceptionally easy and enjoyable movie. The father is not the main figure here, the main emphasis is on Sasha and Olya. Through their search for love, family ties and self-identification, interesting and voluminous characters are revealed. The main driving force of the film is women, the man here is only a projection. The film unfolds successfully against the backdrop of the resort town. Having solved their problems and having lived this experience, Olya and Sasha can leave for the sunset, for a new adult life.
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