The Russian Resurrection Film Festival will kick off tonight with a blockbuster Russian film that hasn’t even opened in Russia yet.

Icebreaker, projected to be a hit in Russia, will open the festival tonight (Wednesday 2 November) at Event Cinemas Myer Centre.

Icebreaker‘s leading lady, Sergey Puskepaslis, will be in attendance at the opening night event, along with Ekaterina Shpitsa, the star of Flight Crew, which is also screening at the festival. Flight Crew was the number one film at the Russian box office in 2016.

In true Russian style, the party will kick on after the screening with Imperial Vodka cocktails and a bounty of Russian food from Torba Restaurant, accompanied by live music.

Other highlights of the festival include Cannes Film Festival hit The Student; epic historical thriller The Duellist; romantic comedy All That Jam; and another romantic comedy, The Good Boy, that won the audience award at this year’s Kinotavr Film Festival.

The program also features a retrospective of Russian classics, including digitally remastered prints of Sergei Eisenstein and Dmitri Vasilyev’s Alexander Nevsky (1938), Grigori Kozinstev’s King Lear (1971), and Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible Parts I and II (1944-58), which were banned on Stalin’s orders.

The Russian Resurrection Film Festival will run from Wednesday 2 November to Wednesday 9 November at Event Cinemas Myer Centre. For more information, visit the event page.