11/19/2021 10:00 pm – Caligari FilmBühne
Russia 2020 120 min Russian original version with English subtitles
Script: Andrei Konchalovsky, Elena Kiseleva, DoP: Andrey Naidenov, Editor: Sergei Taraskin, Karolina Maciejewska, Production: Andrei Konchalovsky Studios, Producers: Alisher Usmanov, Andrei Konchalovsky, Cast: Julia Vysotskaya, Vladislav Komarov, Andrei Gusev, Sergei Erlish, Yulia Burova
A provincial town in the south of the USSR, 1962. Lyudmila, a devout Communist Party official and idealistic veteran of WW II. Together with other local Party officials, she is taken by surprise by a strike at the local factory, in which her own daughter is taking part. Her once unquestioning faith in the Party line is shaken by her growing awareness of its human toll, tearing apart the world she thought she knew.
“The director says in a statement that ‘This film is a tribute to the purity of that generation, its sacrifices, and the tragedy it experienced seeing its myths collapse and its ideal betrayed.’ Betrayed ideals are not the exclusive property of 1962 Russia, and societies around the world will be able to see their failures in this excellent, moving drama.” (www.RogerEbert.com)
Screenwriter, producer, and director Andrei Konchalovsky was born in Moscow in 1937. In 1962, his very first short film won a prize at the Venice Film Festival. In the span of his career, he received numerous international awards for his TV productions, theatre shows, and feature films: the latter getting prize nods in Cannes, San Sebastian, and Venice, where he won the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize in 2002 with HOUSE OF FOOLS, the Silver Lion for Best Direction in 2014 with THE POSTMAN’S WHITE NIGHTS and again in 2016, with PARADISE.
Filmography (selection): 1985 RUNAWAY TRAIN, 2002 HOUSE OF FOOLS, 2014 THE POSTMAN’S WHITE NIGHTS, 2016 PARADISE, 2019 SIN, 2020 DEAR COMRADES!
Awards: Special Jury Prize (Venice International Film Festival, Italy 2020)