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Wed 21 Oct 2015, 6:15pm–11:00pm
Thu 22 Oct 2015, 6:30pm–11:00pm
Fri 23 Oct 2015, 8:15pm–11:00pm
Sat 24 Oct 2015, 4:15pm–11:00pm
Sun 25 Oct 2015, 2:15pm–11:00pm
Mon 26 Oct 2015, 3:30pm–11:00pm

Where: Rialto Cinema, 167-169 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult : $17.00
  • Student: $14.50
  • Senior: $12.50
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: morgantt8

Experience the best of Russian film with the Russian Resurrection Film Festival!

Russian Resurrection Film Festival Rialto Cinemas Newmarket October 21st – 26th 2015

Festival Highlights:

Battle for Sevastopol – Wednesday 21st October 6:15pm This wartime drama tells the story of a young Soviet woman, Lyudmila, who joins the ranks of the Red Army in 1941 to fight the Nazi invasion. Lyudmila quickly adapts to her war setting and begins to build a reputation as one of the Soviet’s deadliest snipers. But when tragedy befalls Lyudmila she is pulled out of combat to begin working in the diplomatic delegation to the USA where she develops an unlikely friendship. This true story gives an insight into real war heroes and the bravery shown by civilians who volunteered for the cause, as well as the bravery of Soviet women. This Russian-Ukrainian co-production reflects upon the strong unity between long-time allies.

Battalion – Saturday 24th October 8:15pm Set in the spring of 1917, at the height of the WWI, this film is based on the true story of the 1st Russian Women’s Battalion, formed as part of a propaganda ploy by the Russian Provisional Government in an effort to inspire the masses of war-weary soldiers to continue fighting with the same courage and composure as the womenfolk. They are led at the front line by the peasant, Maria Bochkareva, who had already served in the Army since 1914. The idea was that the presence of women warriors would shame timid soldiers into resuming their combat duties. The women prove their value. When the tired male soldiers hesitate in occupying the German trenches, the women attack without them, leading the way heroically. An epic, spectacular World War I drama directed by one of the great contemporary humanist directors, Dmitriy Meskhiev (Our Own, 2004 – also part of this year’s program) and produced by Fedor Bondarchuk, renowned for the WWII blockbuster, Stalingrad (2013). A huge box office hit in Russia.

One Upon a Time – Sunday 25th October 2:15pm On the eve of the 60th Anniversary of the October Revolution, everyone is preparing for the parade. The story follows three high school kids who become entangled in a series of events that lead them to discover love, loss, deception and betrayal. In the late 1970s in the Soviet Union freedom was in the air and love was just round the corner. Join the youngsters in their emotional adventure in a unique look at provincial life in a small Soviet town through the polished lens of romantic nostalgia. The local steel works are the centre of a small provincial town. The guards are made up of a number of young girls including our hero, Claudia.

One night, Claudia tries to stop a robbery attempt at the plant, which proves to be a fateful encounter. After five months, Claudia’s lady-friends and later her stepfather, an ex-riverboat captain, begin to notice Claudia’s pregnancy and they suspect that the young thief is the father. But at their next encounter in prison the thief vehemently denies being the father. The film is grounded in typical provincial life and looks at the energy, problems, hopes and loves of young people in the town. The Guards is driven by superb acting; Sukhorukov (Beat the Enemy, The Passenger) is in a class all of his own, whilst the young Shagin (Innocent Saturday, Hipsters) resonates with talent. The film’s unexpected optimism is defined by the contrast between humour and sadness

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