Russian cinema has long had a tradition of telling great stories and this year is no exception. We open 2017 with an innovative adaptation of Tolstoy's classic novel, Anna Karenina: Vronsky’s Story, before moving into comedy, science fiction, drama and Russia's first alien invasion film.
This year, the festival highlights the prolific director Andrei Konchalovsky. His career spans over 45 years starting in the Soviet Union in the 60s and 70s, before he moved to Hollywood in the 80s. His latest feature, Paradise (2016), won the Silver Lion for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival. A retrospective of key films in Konchalovsky's expansive oeuvre complements Russian Resurrection's contemporary program, giving a sizable snapshot of Russian cinema today.