DEAR COMRADES! the new historical drama by Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky, took the Special Jury Prize at the 2020 Venice Film Festival.
The film chronicles a real life tragedy, rendered in breathtaking black and white and inspired by classics of 60’s Soviet cinema.
"My goal was to scrupulously and in great detail reproduce the era of the USSR’s 1960’s - said Konchalovsky - I think that the Soviet people of post-war time, the ones who fought in the WWII until victory, deserve to have a movie that pays tribute to their purity and the tragic dissonance that followed the realization of how different the communist ideals were from the reality around them".
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A provincial town in the south of the USSR, 1962. Lyudmila, a devout Communist Party official and idealistic veteran of WW II, is a scourge of anything she perceives as anti-Soviet sentiment. 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. As the situation quickly spirals out of control, Lyudmila begins a desperate search for her daughter in the face of curfews, mass arrests, and the authorities’ ruthless attempts to cover up the state violence. Her once unquestioning faith in the party line is being shaken by her growing awareness of its human toll, tearing apart the world she thought she knew.