Go to DC Filmfest - "The Daughter" only Russian language film this year

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The Daughter

Russia, 2012, 110 minutes, digital, Color


In a melancholy backwater town in central Russia, old religious traditions banned by the Bolsheviks are vying with fitful attempts at modernization. Adding to the turmoil in the community is the recent series of murders of young girls, including the daughter of the new priest. We first meet teenage Inna (a superb Maria Smolnikova), who lives with her widower father and little brother in a tiny apartment. The strain of daily life clearly shows on the face of Inna's father (Oleg Tkachyov), but when Masha (Yana Osipova), a new girl from the city, arrives in school, there are greater challenges to Inna's sheltered, traditional world. Twin storylines involving the police investigation and Inna being drawn into Masha's dangerous world carry the film toward its hopeful end. Beautifully photographed, The Daughter was the winner of the Best Debut award at the 2012 Open Russian Film Festival. —Dave Nuttycombe

In Russian with English subtitles


Try to buy your tickets in advance, a lot of these filmfest movies sell out.  happened last year for the one we went to.

For those who come and want to - we can go out to eat or drink or something like that after the movie.


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  • Glenn

    To those of you who may have been wondering, The Daughter was filmed in the city of Kasimov, on the left bank of the Oka River, in Ryazan' Oblast.

    April 15, 2013

  • Iryna S.

    Very good movie, despite terrible subtitles! :) Very nice group of people and overall quite an enjoyable experience! Michael, thank you so much for organizing this!

    2 · April 13, 2013

    • Iryna S.

      Soglasna, Michael, subtitry mozhno vpolne rassmatrivat' kak smeshnye. Eto ved' smotrya s kakoj storony podhodit' - prosto my russkie imeem tendentsiyu vsyo v tragicheskom svete rassmatrivat'! :) Mne bylo prosto zhal' teh zritelej, kotorye russkogo yazyka ne ponimayut i vynuzhdeny byli zaviset' ot subtitrov. A tak voobshe subtitry konechno dejstvitel'no smechnye. :)

      April 13, 2013

    • Glenn

      Michael, I'd like to echo Iryna's thanks to you for alerting the group to the screening, which otherwise might have escaped my attention - much as I try on my own to keep on top of all Russian-related happenings. The fact that it turned out to be such an extremely good film was of course a huge bonus, although it's a day later I'm still depressed.

      2 · April 14, 2013

  • Yury S.

    Замечательный фильм! Хочется вдумчиво выкурить сигарету, подумать о жизни.

    1 · April 13, 2013

    • Iryna S.

      Da uzh, mnogo chego obdumat' i obsudit' posle etogo fil'ma mozhno.

      April 13, 2013

  • Chris

    Such a good movie ! We meeting up afterwards?

    April 13, 2013

    • Damien

      I give it 5 sobs. And I am still crying. I love Russian movies!

      4 · April 13, 2013

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