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    10 Cult Eastern European Movies You Need To Watch Right Now

    They have irreversibly influenced the way things are seen, thought and talked about through small screens. Some of the lines from these films have made their way into day to day vocabulary as witty remarks, jokes as well as insightful quotes about serious matters.

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    Where the hell is Kurvahoši??? It should be on this list!




    Russians have some pretty good movies. Has anyone seen the movie tsar? It’s not that old and it’s about Patriarch Phillips relationship with Ivan the terrible. I thought it was a great movie.




    Where’s Borat?



    Well known movies from Soviet cinematorgraphy. Some achieved cult status.

    Ivan Vasilievich changes profession

    Ivan Vasilievich Changes Profession is a Soviet comic science fiction film directed by Leonid Gaidai in 1973. In the United States the film has sometimes been sold under the title Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future.[1] This film is based on the play Ivan Vasilievich[ru] by Mikhail Bulgakov and was one of the most attended movies in the Soviet Union in 1973 with more than 60 million tickets sold.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Vasilievich:_Back_to_the_Future

    The diamond arm

    The Diamond Arm has become a Russian cult film and is considered by many Russian contemporaries to be one of the finest comedies of its time. It was also one of the all-time leaders at the Soviet box office with over 76,700,000 theatre admissions in the Soviet era. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Diamond_Arm

    White sun of desert

    White Sun of the Desert (Russian: Белое солнце пустыни; Beloye solntse pustyni) is a 1970 classic ‘Eastern’ or Ostern film of the Soviet Union.

    The film is one of the most popular Russian films of all time. Its blend of action, comedy, music and drama, as well as memorable quotes, made it wildly successful, and it has since achieved the status of a top cult film in Soviet and Russian culture.


    Seventeen moments of spring (series)

    Seventeen Moments of Spring (Russian: Семнадцать мгновений весны, translit. Semnadtsat’ mgnoveniy vesny) is a 1973 Soviet twelve-part television series, directed by Tatyana Lioznova and based on the novel of the same title by Yulian Semyonov.The series is considered the most successful Soviet espionage thriller ever made, and is one of the most popular television series in Russian history.

    The place of meeting cannot be changed.

    The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed (Russian: Место встречи изменить нельзя, translit. Mesto vstrechi izmenit nelzya) is a 1979 Soviet five-part television miniseries directed by Stanislav Govorukhin. The series achieved the status of a cult film in the USSR, and along with Seventeen Moments of Spring became a part of popular culture with several generations of Russian-speaking TV viewers.



    Among modern day movies I like “Inadequate people”

    Adequacy is relative. Vitalik, the main character of the movie, seems to
    be pretty normal. With a respectable office job, a comfy little
    dwelling and a personal couch doctor, Vitalik looks as adequate as a
    human can possibly be. Wait till he drinks and drives himself into
    depression, and after that falls in love with an under-age girl living
    next door. Whos adequate now? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1722450/

    With English subtitles


    Of course movies by Andrei Zviagintsev such as Leviathan (2014) and others. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrey_Zvyagintsev



    ^I’m going watch “Inadequate People” right now! Thank you, @Sviatogor! So difficult for me to find Slavic films with English. 




    Most movies of Andrey Zviagintsev won various international awards, so they are translated to several languages. The cult movies of USSR are also translated to different languages.



    Just finished watching “Inadequate People.” Excellent dialogue. Not a dull moment. Did Vitaly get a job in a Feminazi office?  :D Therapeutic film, in a strange way. Very “Buddhist,” too! Stay positive, send love and light out to the universe and love and light will come back to you! I believe this! Great film. Nice to see a modern Russian movie! The ending was a bit predictable, eh. Overall, the film has left me feeling very happy, for some reason. I’ll pick another film tomorrow! What should I pick?




    Most East European movies and probably all European movies are not Holywood type. :)

    Which film genres do you like?



    @Sviatogor I like all genres of film, if the story is compelling. That said, I love comedies and comedy/drama mixture. I have a great preference for independent films. Hollywood blockbusters are entertaining and fun, like a pizza or dessert (Star Wars, Wonder Woman, etc.), but a well-made independent film is true nourishment that stays with a person.



    Since we’re adding more recommendations and there isn’t a single Bulgarian film in the list, I’ll add two more choices:

    – Време разделно (translated as Time of Violence), 1988 – a two-part historical drama based on the eponymous novel of Anton Donchev, telling the story of the forceful Islamization of a part of the Bulgarian population in the Rhodope Mountains. It was voted the Bulgarian people’s favourite movie a couple of years ago.

    – Козият рог (The Goat Horn), 1972 – another classical movie set in Ottoman times, a story about the lust for revenge and the price one has to pay for it. After little Maria’s mother is raped and killed by the Turks, her distraught father raises her as a boy, until they’re ready to exact vengeance on the perpetrators.

    Sorry, @Karpivna, none of them is a comedy and Time of Violence is even somewhat hard to watch (especially the second part – I still remember how I watched the impalement scene as a kid).



    I just watched this Ukrainian/Soviet film. On YT with English Subtitles.

    In a small Hutsul village in the Carpathian mountains of Ukraine, a young man, Ivan, falls in love with the daughter of the man who killed his father. Though their families share a bitter enmity, Ivan and Marichka have known each other since childhood. In preparation for their marriage, Ivan leaves the village to work and earn money for a household. While he is gone, Marichka accidentally slips into a river and drowns while trying to rescue a lost lamb.

    Ivan returns and falls into despair after seeing Marichka’s body. He continues to work, enduring a period of joyless toil, until he meets another woman, Palagna, while shoeing a horse. Ivan and Palagna get married in a traditional Hutsul wedding in which they are blindfolded and yoked together. The marriage quickly turns sour, however, as Ivan remains obsessed with the memory of Marichka. Estranged from her emotionally distant husband, Palagna becomes involved with a local sorcerer, while Ivan begins to experience hallucinations.

    At a tavern, Ivan witnesses the sorcerer embrace Palagna and strike one of his friends. Roused into an uncharacteristic fury, Ivan snatches up his axe, only to be struck down by the sorcerer. Ivan stumbles into the nearby woods and perceives Marichka’s spirit to be with him, reflected in the water and gliding amongst the trees. As reality merges into dream, the colorless shade of Marichka reaches out across a great space and touches Ivan’s outstretched hand. Ivan screams and dies. The community gives him a traditional Hutsul burial while children watch through crossbraced windows.

    Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Ukrainian: Тіні забутих предків, Tini zabutykh predkiv), also called Shadows of Our Forgotten AncestorsShadows of Our Ancestors, or Wild Horses of Fire – is a 1965 film by the Soviet filmmaker Sergei Parajanov based on the classic book by Ukrainian writer Mykhailo Kotsiubynsky. The film was Parajanov’s first major work and earned him international acclaim for its rich use of costume and color. The film also features a detailed portrayal of Ukrainian Hutsul culture, showing not only the harsh Carpathian environment and brutal family rivalries, but also the various aspects of Hutsul traditions, music, costumes, and dialect.

    The film is highly symbolic, making frequent use of religious and folkloric images that include crosses, lambs, graves, and spirits. The film also uses color to represent mood. 

    Awards: Grand Prix at Mar del Plata International Film Festival (1965). Shevchenko National Prize in Cinematography.



    Sadly, I only watched the three from my country, I’ll have to watch the rest as soon as I get the chance.
    There are already two films based on Dušan Kovačević’s work here (Maratonci… and Ko to tamo peva). I recommend anything he did. I’d probably put Balkanski špijun (“Balkan Spy”) instead of Ko to tamo peva if I made the list. My personal favorites are Balkanski špijun and Profesionalac (“The Professional”).



    I am trying to watch all the films on this list, too. Next up: Moscow does not believe in tears.

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