Do you want to check out the ten best Russian movies on DVD? Read on for the list of awesome Russian DVD releases:
- "Burnt By the Sun" (1994). This Russian historical comedy is about a revolutionary hero, Colonel Kotov, spending the summer with his family in 1936, including his wife and six-year-old daughter. When a cousin arrives from Moscow to join the family, the women are charmed but the colonel questions his motives and becomes suspicious. The movie won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
- "Russian Ark" (2002). This Russian drama, available on DVD, is about a 19th century French aristocrat who travels on a fantastic journey meeting historical figures. As the man explores the Winter Palace of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, he and his companion encounter artifacts that unlock secrets of Russian history. The movie was nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Director at the European Film Awards.
- "4" (2005). This complex Russian drama, available on DVD, is about three strangers who meet at a bar and tell each other their life stories, which may or may not be true. The conversations between the two men and one women explore various facets of Russian society and politics. The movie's director was nominated for Discovery of the Year at the European Film Awards.
- "12" (2007). The title of this Russian crime drama refers to the number of jurors for a trial about a boy accused of killing his stepfather. The jurors must decide whether to be tolerant and show mercy to the boy, who had a difficult life. The movie was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year.
- "How I Ended This Summer" (2010). Check out the DVD release of this drama, the story of a meteorologist and a college grad working on an isolated research base in the North Pole. When the graduate discovers an important secret, he must determine the right time to tell his mentor or risk both his career and their lives. The movie's stars both won Best Actor awards at the Berlin International Film Festival.
- "The Return" (2003). Two teenage boys reconnect with their father in the Russian wilderness in this emotional drama. They hadn't seen him in twelve years, and the journey he takes them on becomes a test of their manhood. The movie was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.
- "Attack on Leningrad" (2009). This drama is about the plight of journalists during the attack on Leningrad in World War II. When the city goes under siege, one of the journalists is presumed dead. Actually a survivor, she must fight for her life in the ruined city. Gabriel Byrne and Mira Sorvino star in this Russian DVD release.
- "Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan" (2007). This biography is about the life story of Genghis Khan, a slave who went on to become a conqueror. Though he eventually ruled half of Russia, this movie focuses on his early life. The movie was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
- "Night Watch" (2004). This fantasy is about the forces of night and day battling against each other in modern-day Moscow. The light forces must control the actions of the dark, who seek to wreak havoc on the city. The movie was nominated for Best Director at the European Film Awards.
- "Day Watch" (2006). This Russian fantasy film is the sequel to "Night Watch." After Russia was destroyed by an apocalyptic event, it is up to the powers of light to try to restore life to the city. It was nominated for Best International Film from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.
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