Credit: <i>Under Electric Clouds</i>

This episodic Russian art film was written and directed by Aleksey German Jr. and shows the marked influence of his father’s work (My Friend Ivan Lapshin, Hard to Be a God) in its intricate tracking shots, immersive sound design, and opaque storytelling, dense with allusions to Russian art and history. The year is 2017—the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, a grave-sounding narrator intones—and the world is on the brink of war; much of the action takes place in and around an unfinished skyscraper in the middle of a barren field. The various Beckett-like characters include an honored scholar reduced to working as a tour guide, a real estate lawyer who has an elaborate dream placing him back in the late 1980s, and a Kyrgyz immigrant who witnesses a series of senseless crimes. In Russian with subtitles.