by GREG KING
The 14th Russian Resurrection Film Festival screens at ACMI Cinemas in Melbourne from November 9-19. Now in its 14th year, this is now the largest festival of Russian cinema outside of Russia itself. This year the opening night film is Anna Karenina: Vronsky’s Story, Karen Shakhnazarov’s take on Tolstoy’s classic tale told from a different perspective. The festival this year includes a retrospective on director Andrei Konchalovsky and there is a screening of two of his Hollywood films – Tango And Cash with Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell and the drama Runaway Train starring Jon Voight – alongside some of his Russian features. The retrospective also includes his latest film, the Holocaust drama Paradise. Greg speaks to festival director Nicholas Maksymow to find out more about this year’s exciting line up of contemporary Russian cinema.