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The Russians are coming

Eleven new Russian films will premiere at the 12th Russian Resurrection Film Festival, playing at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket between 21st – 26th October 2015.

Battle for Sevastopol (pictured above) director Sergei Mokritsky will present his film as the festival’s opening title in Auckland. The film is based on the life of World War II sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko, aka Lady Death.

With the exception of Grigorii Chukhrai’s BAFTA-winning 1959 Ballad of a Soldier, the films in the Auckland programme are all contemporary. Ivan Tverdovskiy’s Remedial Class is one of a trio of Russian titles currently in the running for European Film Award nominations, having just been announced on the long-list.

Also named for the Auckland leg of the festival are Battalion; Divorce on a Whim; Ghost; Love Me, Love Me Not; Once Upon a Time; Teacha; Territory and Yolki 1914.

Festival director Nicholas Maksymow called the lineup ”a varied and uncompromising presentation of Russian culture” which he hoped would “provide audiences with the diversity of voices and ideas that are present in Russian cinema and society.”


The Russian Resurrection Film Festival will run 21 – 26 October at Rialto cinemas, Auckland.

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