It’s that time of year, when the best of Russian cinema hits our screens care of the Russian Resurrection Film Festival. From October 25-30 the festival showcases the best Russian cinema from the past year, bringing us box office blockbusters and art house darlings. Whether war, thrillers, historical epics, rom-coms, or kung-fu fantasy films, the 2019 Russian Resurrection Film Festival programme is offering a staggering array of genres for audiences to sample.
One of the festival highlights has to be Journey to China: The Mystery of the Dragon’s Seal (pictured above). This fantasy adventure not only features an outstanding international cast, including Game of Throne‘s Charles Dance and Blade Runner‘s Rutger Hauer (in one of his final roles), but will also see martial arts sensation Jackie Chan (Rush Hour, Police Story) pitted against action superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator). That’s a prospect that will make any fan of 80s action films more than a little giddy with excitement.
For something of a more traditional historical bent, with a strong dramatic element, there’s Beanpole. This story of two women struggling to rebuild their lives in the rubble of 1945 Lenningrad, earned director Kantemir Balagov the Un Certain Regard Best Director Award and the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film at Cannes.
From spy films (Hero) to animation (Snow Queen: Mirrorlands), dramas (Odessa) to comedies (How I Became Russian), there’s clearly a lot on offer this year.
The Russian Resurrection Film Festival runs from October 25-30 at Event Cinemas Innaloo. Check the website for session times.