Russian Film Week kicked off on Sunday 25 November and will take place in numerous venues in London and outside of it. While there is a lot on offer, we selected our top 5 choices of films to see in the next few days. Full programme of the festival available here. 

Oscar 2018 (dirs. Alexander Smoljanski, Yevgeny Tsymbal)

01.12.2018 | 15:00 – 17:00 | Pushkin House

30.11.2018 | 18:00 – 20:00 | Curzon Oxford

27.11.2018 | 19:30 – 21:00 | Bulgari Hotel

The story of the famous artist Oscar Rabin set against the background of three decades of the Soviet history and his successful attempt to confront the regime with paints and brushes. This is a story about non-violent resistance to the forces of evil, about the borders of compromise, about people who tried to preserve internal freedom in a country that wasn’t free.

Rezo 2017 (dir. Leo Gabriadze)

28.11.2018 | 18:30 – 20:30 | Regent Street Cinema

An animated documentary about the life of Rezo Gabriadze, a Georgian artist, writer and creator of the famous Tbilisi Marionette theatre, told and painted by Rezo himself. The film dwells on the issues of deeply rooted humanity and kindness in the very hard times after World War II.

VMayakovsky 2017 (dir. Aleksandr Sheyn)

29.11.2018 | 18:00 – 20:02 | The EBRD Auditorium

28.11.2018 | 18:30 – 20:32 | Edinburgh, Screening room

The actors become the characters of the film before the very eyes of the viewers: the poet, Vladimir Mayakovsky; the women he loved and the ones who left him; the friends who admired him and those who betrayed him; the ruthless “Knights of the Revolution” who proclaimed him their hero –  all this with the aim of making the audience relive Mayakovsky’s life and loves, his creativity and human drama as their own.

Summer 2018 (dir. Kirill Serebrennikov)

30.11.2018 | 20:20 – 22:26 | BFI Southbank

A love triangle emerges involving a rock musician, his protégé, and his wife in the 1980s Russia. Kirill Serebrennikov, an outspoken critic of the regime, had to finish the film whilst placed under house arrest. He pays an elegiac tribute to the Leningrad underground music scene of his youth just before the dawn of perestroika, casting real musicians as the leads.

The Coach 2018 (dir. Danila Kozlovkiy)

02.12.2018 | 20:30 – 23:00 | BFI Southbank

Contemporary Russia. After failing to score a penalty, a humiliated national football star quits the big game altogether. He flees to a small town, where he decides to coach a local team. But it is with this team that he will perform a miracle and find confidence in himself.