Russian Traditional New Year Movies

  • Tue 12 2018
  • by intermark

Surely everyone knows “Home Alone” movies that are traditionally watched during Christmas and New Year holidays all over the world. But what about the Russian ones?  Most of our favorite movies date back to the USSR times and we have watched them hundreds of times already, but still we would not miss the chance to watch them again in a cozy family atmosphere. Now let’s see what we have in store for you:


The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy your Bath!







The Irony of Fate was filmed in 1975. Doubling as a screwball comedy and a love story tinged with sadness, it is one of the most successful Soviet television productions and remains highly popular in modern Russia. The year 2007 surprised Russian viewers with the direct sequel named after the first part The Irony of Fate: Continuation.










Magicians is a 1982 Soviet romantic fantasy musical film directed by Konstantin Bromberg. It is a New Year fairytale about amazing power of love that works miracles. Moreover, this film is full of beautiful songs and melodies that won’t leave you indifferent.


The Carnival Night








The Carnival Night is a 1956 Soviet musical film. It is Eldar Ryazanov’s first big-screen film, Lyudmila Gurchenko’s first role and also one of the most famous films starring popular comedian Igor Ilyinsky. The film became the Soviet box office leader of 1956 with a total of 48.64 million tickets sold.



Yolki (Christmas Trees), also known as Six Degrees of Celebration







The first part of the sequel was released in 2010, directed by Timur Bekmambetov. The film takes place in 11 different cities in Russia and tells the story of a series of different characters whose acquaintance is purely coincidental. The characters find themselves on New Year’s Eve in difficult situations which they can only escape if they find help, by miracle or through six degrees of separation. According to this theory all the people on Earth are connected through six handshakes. As of 2017, six films have been made in the series. It is the most successful non-animated film franchise in Russia. The films in the series represent a Russian tradition of the New Year’s Movie where films that take place during the holiday season tap into the vein of hope, optimism, and possibility associated with New Year’s in the Russian culture.




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