Category Archives: Russian Cinema

In search of Utopia: “Zheleznaya doroga” [2007 Russia]

I’d been working backward through the filmography of Aleksey Fedorchenko, and was pleased to see that his Fellini-esque surreal comedy from 2007, “Zheleznaya doroga” [Eng. Title: The Railway] was as much an allegory as a visual feast.
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Irina Vilkova from “Eyo zvali Mumu” [Russia 2016]

I haven’t had the chance to see any of Vladimir Mirzoev’s work until his recent drama, “Eyo zvali Mumu” [Eng. Title: They Called Her Mumu]. The only reason I came upon this one was because it was shared on … Continue reading

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A brief review: “Kray” [2010 Russia]

Aleksey Uchitel’s action-packed adventure drama “Kray” [Eng. Title: the Edge] is set in a Siberian labour camp (gulag) immediately after the end of the Second World War.
 
 
Ignat (Vladimir Mashkov) – a decorated War hero, is sent to work as a … Continue reading

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Sublime cinema: “Angely revolyutsii” [2014 Russia]

There’s now plenty of proof that Aleksey Fedorchenko has a deep reverence and fascination for the customs of ethnic tribes that cohabit his motherland. While his moving Silent Souls (2010) touched on the funerary rituals of the Merya, and his richly … Continue reading

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A review: “Territoriya” [2015 Russia]

Aleksandr Melnik’s “Territoriya” [Eng. Title: Territory] is a remake of an earlier Soviet film about the Siberian Gold Rush of the late fifties and early sixties. Of course, the term needs to be applied rather selectively, because it was … Continue reading

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