American Hannah Marker is addicted to the American dollar. Desperate for a cure, she moves to Moscow, where she hopes to never see American dollars again. Her plan is going well until her Russian boyfriend begins to get her involved with corruption, bribes, the Russian mafia, and…American dollars. Hannah's addiction reemerges, and her journey through Moscow's underworld takes a bizarre turn when she crashes her car and emerges from the wreckage believing she is a Russian peasant. What's more, she now speaks fluent Russian... | Read MoreComedy and Animation
In this black-humored Russian Hamlet by one of Moscow's top theater directors, a young slacker receives nocturnal visits from his father's ghost and literally "plays the victim" in crime reconstruction videos. Observing a farcical justice system with a brash collage of visual styles, this acerbic depiction of contemporary Moscow chronicles Valya's dangerously escalating disgust with his world. Grand Prize Winner, Rome Film Festival.
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Brooklyn-born John Forté was a Grammy-nominated musician in The Fugees at 21 and a federal prison inmate at 26. When his prison sentence was remarkably commuted in 2008, Forté was given a second chance to share his talents with the world. Chronicling his concert tour across Russia, this inspirational documentary takes us on Forté's personal journey—one that's as much about having his music heard as it is about hearing and learning from the music of others. | Read MoreDocumentary and Music
This artfully nuanced, occasionally playful story of an anesthetist, whose daughter runs away just as he hits a rough patch with his mistress and his wife announces that she's unexpectedly pregnant, has been widely regarded as one of the best Russian films of the past year. | Read MoreDrama
In September 2004, as a horrifying episode in an ongoing conflict, a group of Chechen rebels occupied a school in the small Russian city of Beslan, taking some 1,200 people-most of them children-hostage. At the end of three days, over 330 were dead. Narrated by Julia Roberts, this film is a gripping and unsettling account of the tragedy. A Showtime presentation. | Read MoreDocumentary