Oscar Shortlist for Best International Film. Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky has based his new film on historical events in the former Soviet Union. When the communist politburo raises food prices in 1962, the hungry and rebellious workers from a small industrial town go on strike. The government clampdown and massacre of protestors by the military which then ensues is seen through the eyes of a complex heroine whose utopian Soviet dream is gradually unravelling. Played by the filmmaker’s favorite go-to actress Yuliya Vysotskaya, it’s a remarkable performance at the center of a devastating film. (120 mins)
“A riveting depiction of the Soviet bureaucracy, a stirringly angry condemnation of the Novocherkassk massacre and cover-up, and an unsentimentally affecting story of a mother’s love.” – Anita Katz, San Francisco Examiner
“The film is a stunning late-career peak from writer-director Andrei Konchalovsky.” – Kyle Smith, National Review
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