You are tired of explaining foreigners all the niceties of Russian humor. You miss your national characters and want to laugh sincerely at something usual and native. You are even ready to feel blue for a while after watching a dramatic story.

There’s no better remedy for this feeling than your national cinematograph. Russian TV Company presents the digest of autumn’s must-see:

The Duelist

GENRE: drama, historical
DIRECTOR: Alexey Mizgirev
CAST: Petr Fedorov, Vladimir Mashkov, Yulia Khnynina, Martin Wuttke, Sergey Garmash, Pavel Tabakov, Yuri Kolokolnikov

A whole set of celebrities in a gloomily beautiful 19th century Saint-Petersburg. The story follows a professional duellist (Petr Fedorov), who fights for others at duels. Numerous aspects of design and charismatic acting of the leading actors have tagged the film as a blockbuster. However, the picture is still considered an auteur film that premiered at Toronto Film Festival 2016.


The Collector

GENRE: thriller
DIRECTOR: Alexey Krasnovsky
CAST: Konstantin Khabensky
AWARD: “Kinotavr” for the Best Actor

A solo performance film starring Konstantin Khabensky in the role of an effective debt collector Arthur who shakes money out of his debtors using smart psychological tricks. One day, someone posts a scandalous video with Arthur putting at risk not only his reputation but also his life. Arthur has only one night to find out who had him stuck in a deadlock.


The Disciple

GENRE: drama
DIRECTOR: Kirill Serebrennikov
CAST: Petr Skvortsov, Victoria Isakova, Alexander Gorchilin, Alexandra Revenko
AWARD: “Kinotavr” 2016 for Best Director and Francois Chalais Prize at Cannes Film Festival

Schoolboy Kirill enjoys reading The Bible and thinks that he knows everything about human virtues and vices. He declares war to immorality and hypocrisy in his own school which becomes a real challenge for his peers. A Kirill Serebrennikov film is a good example of how misunderstanding and unawareness erase the verge between religion and terrorism.


The Icebreaker

GENRE: disaster film
DIRECTOR: Nikolay Khomeriki
CAST: Petr Fedorov, Sergey Puskepalis, Alexander Yatsenko, Anna Mikhalkova, Alexander Pal

A true story about the crew of “Mikhail Somov” iceboat, that spent several months drifting along the Antarctic coast in order to escape from a huge iceberg. The film has been branded a national blockbuster with ‘low fuel, nerves to the limit, and no right for mistake’.


The Good Boy

GENRE: comedy
DIRECTOR: Oksana Karas
CAST: Semen Treskunov, Mikhail Yefremov, Konstantin Khabensky, Alexander Pal, Anastasia Bogatyreva, Vasily Butkevich
AWARD: “Kinotavr’ 2016 for the Best Film

Kolya Smirnov is a typical schoolboy who leads an ordinary life in Moscow until one day his life turns into a series of improbable events: he falls in love with his English teacher; his father becomes insomniac and that bothers the whole family; someone sets a school’s premise on fire; the school head’s daughter thinks Kolya did that and falls in love with him. All the characters will meet at Saturday school holiday leaving Kolya only a few days to find out who organized the arson, make up with his father, and sort out his own love triangle.