The five films that launched a nation of cinema lovers

Title Day Watch
Director Timur Bekmambetov
Release 2006
"Day Watch" was the most profitable movie in the entire history of Russian film. It is the sequel of the first modern Russian hit, "Night Watch" (2004). Western critics compared it to B-rated genre movies such as "Underworld" or "Blade". In Russia, this thriller about vampires and magicians has come to symbolise the revival of domestic film making.
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Title Wolfhound
Director Nikolai Lebedev
Release 2007
"Wolfhound" is based on the bestselling novel of the same name. In this fantasy-thriller by Maria Semyonova, an ancient Slavic bodyguard battles against pagan shamans. An epic saga about the struggle between good and evil, the film bears a semblance to "The Lord of the Rings" and made good box-office too.
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Title The Ninth Company
Director Fedor Bondarchyuk
Release 2005
This movie resembles American films of the 1970s and &80s about the Vietnam War. Its social context is also similar. "The Ninth Company" deals with a subject previously taboo in Russia, for both cinema and society: the Soviet war in Afghanistan. Its heroic thrust and impressive visual effects are the big attraction.
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Title Cargo 2000
Director Alexei Balabanov
Release 2007
Balabanov&s film is a peculiar response to "The Ninth Company". "Cargo 200" is a military term for the coffins in which dead Soviet soldiers were shipped home from the war in Afghanistan. This provocative and shockingly violent picture about the Soviet Union in 1984 was the subject of heated debate and is not recommended for showing on TV
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Title Island
Director Pavel Lungin
Release 2006
In this film, Lungin, who has won two awards at the Cannes Film Festival, depicts the growing reach of the Russian Orthodox faith and the revival of moral values. Made and released with the help of state-owned TV channel Rossiya, it was declared the best motion picture of the year by three Russian film societies.
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