I was fortunate to be given a double pass to the opening night of the Russian Resurrection Film Festival last week so a friend and I attended, having no idea what to expect. I was surprised at how few people were in the heart of the city, even for a week night it was very quiet. Perhaps it had something to do with the upcoming G20 – there was definitely a stronger security presence in town than I’ve seen before.
In any case, off to the festival we went. Sitting in the cinema waiting for it to begin we felt that maybe we were the only ones there who didn’t speak Russian – I had no idea Brisbane had such a large Russian community! The movie was a Russian Classic – Visilisa, set during the revolution. Yes, it was pretty bloodthirsty but a great movie! Subtitled in English, things became a bit tricky once the French entered the story. We now had Russian being spoken, English subtitles and a voice-over interpreting in French!
The after party produced hot finger food, vodka, white wine, vodka, red wine, vodka, vodka shots, and vodka and cranberry juice! And this was the real deal – vodka that just about blew your socks off! One shot was enough for us, before heading out into the fresh air for a look at the light shows on the city buildings.
Thanks Must do Brisbane for the opportunity to attend the opening night of the festival.