Russian Auteurs

Russian Auteurs

Russian Auteurs is a collection of master works of contemporary Russian cinema. With films by Andrey Zvyagintsev, Aleksandr Sokurov, Kantemir Balagov, and Andrei Tarkovsky, Russian Auteurs gravitates towards questions of morality, existence, history, violence, and the weight of a fallen empire—establishing an intricate lens into a culture that is often glimpsed, but rarely understood.

Russian Auteurs
  • Elena


    Andrey Zvyagintsev • 2011 • Russia • A woman fights for what's hers after her husband's death

    Delving into the psyche of a morally ambiguous female protagonist, and featuring a haunting score by Philip Glass, Elena is a bold and stylish study of crime and punishment in contemporar...

  • Hard to Be a God


    Aleksei German • 2013 • Russia • A visceral portrait of early humanity.

    Based on the legendary science fiction novel by the Strugatsky brothers—who also wrote Roadside Picnic, the source novel for Tarkovsky's Stalker—Hard to Be a God doubles as an epic vision of the early stages o...

  • Nostalghia


    Andrei Tarkovsky • 1983 • Italy-Soviet Union • A sensory reflection of living in exile.

    Shrouded in diaphanous textures of mist, fog, and rain, and blending memory and reality to the threshold of discernibility, Nostalghia evokes the distinct sensation of being elsewhere, far from...

  • Russian Ark


    Aleksandr Sokurov • 2002 • Russia • A floating, single-take journey through Russian history.

    Filmed in one 96-minute, continuous single-take shot—the first work of cinema to ever do so—Russian Ark foregrounds the sustained unfolding of cinematic time and space as a process of cont...

  • Silent Souls


    Aleksei Fedorchenko • 2010 • Russia • A man journeys through central Russia to lay his wife to rest.

    An evocative exploration of the mysteries of love, existence, and death, Silent Souls charts an unexpected journey into the Russian hinterlands and its nearly-forgotten people.


  • Tesnota


    Kindly note: This film contains a scene in which characters watch historical footage of actual violence and murder, which may be disturbing for some viewers.

    Kantemir Balagov • Russia • 2017 • A daring thriller set in Russia’s multi-ethnic Caucasus region.

    1998, Nalchik. Ilana i...

  • The Banishment


    Andrey Zvyagintsev • Russia • 2007 • The existential valences of a disintegrating marriage.

    Alex’s brother Mark shows up at their door one day with a bullet in his arm. Though he doesn’t reveal where he got it, he needs help removing it, and Alex obliges. Soon, though, Alex deci...

  • The Return


    Andrey Zvyagintsev • Russia • 2003 • An enigmatic tour of terrain between adolescence and manhood.

    Andrey and Ivan are young boys who have been raised almost entirely by their mother. While Andrey remembers his father, Ivan has never met him. Thus their divergent reactions when ...