Welcome to Klassiki! Your new home for cinema from Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
We’ve compiled some answers to a few questions you might have as well as a few tips to get you started. If you don’t find the answer to your question here, try our FAQs page or get in touch with us.
What is Klassiki?
Klassiki is a video-on-demand platform which is dedicated exclusively to cinema from Russia, Ukraine, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
We like to describe it as where East meets West. A region where national identities have been formed and reformed over many centuries. You can expect to find cinema from: Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Who is behind Klassiki?
Klassiki is part of the Kino Klassika Foundation, a UK charity committed to spotlighting the legacy of Russian film. Kino Klassika creates programs of film restorations, publications, art commissions and events which illuminate Russian language cinema. A tradition that remains largely invisible to audiences outside of Russia.
The founder of Kino Klassika Foundation and Klassiki is Justine Waddell – Justine explains here why she loves Russian film, take a look!
Classic Russian films to start watching online
You can find films from Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia in our online library.
Our Library is split into two parts, the Essential and the Expanded.
A free membership will give you access to the Essential films in our Library. Around 30 of the must-see classics from the region.
If you are a paid member, you will be able to access the entire library, which is over 60 films. All watched and hand-picked by the Klassiki team as being the absolute best in classic cinema.
Our library includes Russian animation, drama, romantic comedies and much more.
Our founder, Justine, has shared her five favourite films here and these are a great place to start your journey!
Russian films you can’t see anywhere else
Every Tuesday, in our Pick of the Week, our team select a contemporary film for you, which is available for just seven days.
Each week you can expect to see recent award-winner and international festival favourites that do not have UK distribution. This will include the very best in Russian, Caucasian and Central Asian contemporary talent, from Sergei Dvortsevoy to Kirill Serebrennikov and Anna Melikyan to Valeri Gai Germanika.
Why are some Klassiki films available on YouTube?
We agree licences with all of our studio, filmmaker and archive partners to legally screen content on our platform. We are committed to fair pay, and as part of this we pay fees to the studios, filmmakers or archives to show their films. This is important to us to support the broader eco-system of cinema from Russia and beyond and to enable it to thrive.
While some of our studio partners release their films on YouTube, we have permission to host the films directly on our platform, ad-free and with newly commissioned subtitles.
Have another question? Get in touch with us here.