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Opens Friday, Sep 16, 2011 Synopsis: A man attempts to honor familial traditions as he deals with the death of his wife in this drama from director Aleksei Fedorchenko. Aist (Igor Sergeyev) is a photographer and writer who lives and works in a small community on the outskirts of Kostroma, a city in Central Russia. Aist's ancestors were the Merya, an indigenous Finno-Ugric tribe whose ways and traditions were largely abandoned with the rise of the Soviet Union. But Aist still remembers some of the key rituals of his forefathers, and when his wife, Tanya (Yuliya Aug), dies, he wants her funeral to be in keeping with Merya traditions. With the help of his close friend Miron (Yuri Tsurilo), Aist sets out to take Tanya's body out to a spot near the Volga River, which was of great spiritual importance to the Merya people and near where Aist and Tanya enjoyed their honeymoon. When they reach their destination, Aist will cremate Tanya in accordance with Merya rites, and en route, he shares with Miron many stores (some quite intimate) of their lives together as man and wife. Ovsyanki (aka Silent Souls) received its North American premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi Cast: Igor Sergeyev, Yuri Tsurilo, Yuliya Aug, Viktor Sukhorukov Movie Details Movie Review
Now Playing Synopsis: The bloodiest battle in the history of modern warfare serves as the focus of this sweeping war film from director Fyodor Bondarchuk (9th Company, Obitaemiy Ostrov). The year is 1942: The German army has devastated the city of Stalingrad in the Soviet Union, prompting a band of brave Russian soldiers to make their last stand in a strategic building on the bank of the Volga. When the cornered soldiers encounter a pair of Russian women who failed to flee before the German assault, an unlikely romance emerges against the backdrop of the defining battle that will ultimately become a crucial victory for the Allied forces -- but not before five months of ferocious fighting. Thomas Kretschmann, Petr Federov, and Yanina Studilina star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Thomas Kretschmann, Petr Fedorov, Yanina Studilina, Dmitriy Lysenkov, Alexey Barabash, Andrei Smolyakov Movie Details Play Trailer Movie Review
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