DIRECTOR: TIMUR BEKHMAMBETOV, DMITRY KISILYEV, ALEXANDER KOTT, YURI BYKOV, ALEXANDER KARPILOVSKY
CAST: SERGEI SVETLAKOV, IVAN URGANT, MARIA POROSHINA, GALINA STAKHANOVA, VIKTOR VERZHBITSKY, EVGENIYA BRIK
New Year’s Eve 100 years ago was celebrated by aristocrats and peasants, at grand celebrations and small soirees among the Royal family and soldiers on the WWI front lines. Things were different then … apart from the celebrations. In 1914 the Russian Empire entered a war with Germany, and the authorities suggested that Christmas trees should be banned for belonging to the enemy’s protestant tradition. Several people living in different Russian cities and belonging to different social classes join forces to defend the beloved Christmas symbol. This is the fourth instalment in the popular New Year hit comedy franchise that was launched in 2010 with Yolki (Six Degrees Of Celebration). The heroes of the first three films – Boris (Ivan Urgant) and Evgeny (Sergey Svetlakov) – reprise their roles in the new comedy that follows the adventures of their grandfathers and great-grandfathers a century ago. Created as an omnibus film by six celebrated contemporary directors using a series of magically interwoven stories, this is a lovingly nostalgic family-friendly movie.