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DEAR COMRADES! (DOROGIE TOVARISHCHI!)

Andrei Konchalovsky

Russia, 2020 / 121 min / Russian OV with French and Dutch subt. / Drama, History

In 1962, a peaceful Soviet workers’ strike turns into a massacre after the Red Army starts shooting protesters.

Lyudmila is a devout Communist Party official and idealistic veteran of World War II in Novocherkassk, a provincial town in the south of the USSR. She a staunch upholder of the Communist regime and ideals, and despises any form of dissent. Together with other local Party officials, she is taken by surprise when a strike breaks out in 1962 at the local electromotive factory, in which her own daughter is taking part. The situation quickly spirals out of control and the Red Army is sent in by the government to quell the unrest. As first shots are fired, the peaceful strike turns into a massacre. When Lyudmila’s daughter disappears, she starts a desperate, dangerous and relentless search for her, in spite of the blockade of the city, the mass arrests and the authorities’ attempts at a ruthless cover-up of state violence. Lyudmila’s 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.

“I wanted to make a film about the generation of my parents, the one that fought in and survived World War II with a conviction that it was honourable to die ‘for the Homeland, for Stalin’ and an unconditional trust in the goals of communism. I wanted to reconstruct with the utmost accuracy the events that really happened, and an era in which history revealed the unbridgeable gap between communist ideals and the tragic reality of facts. This film is a tribute to the purity of that generation, its sacrifices, and the tragedy it experienced seeing its myths collapse and its ideals betrayed.” Director’s statement by Andrei Konchalovsky

 

Screenings
Fri 12/03 13:00 Cinémathèque RU OV with FR & NL subt. Public https://luxfilmfestfilms.megatix.be/en/HO00003365
Sat 13/03 10:00 Online RU OV with FR & NL subt. Public https://online.luxfilmfest.lu/film/dear-comrades-dorogie-tovarishchi/
Awards
  • Best Director, Golden Eagle Awards, 2021 (Russia)
  • Best Director, Chicago International Film Festival, 2020 (USA)
  • Special Jury Prize, Venice Film Festival, 2020 (Italy)
  • NBR Award – Best Foreign Language Film, National Board of Review, 2021 (USA)
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Julia Vysotskaya, Vladislav Komarov, Andrei Gusev, Yulia Burova, Sergei Erlish
Screenplay 
Andrei Konchalovskiy, Elena Kiseleva
Cinematographer 
Andrey Naidenov
Sound 
Polina Volynkina
Set 
Irina Ochina
Production 
Andrei Konchalovsky Studios
Distribution 
Cherry Pickers Film
Biography

Born in 1937 in Moscow, coming from a family of artists, Andrei Konchalovsky first studied at Moscow Conservatory before graduating from the famous VGIK film school’s directing programme under Mikhail Romm. He has been successfully working in film and television as well as opera. His very first feature, The First Teacher (1965), ran in competition in Venice. But his second film, The Story of Asya Klyachina, did not escape Soviet censorship in 1966 and wasn’t widely released until 1988. Since then, Konchalovsky’s film, television productions, and theater shows have garnered awards at film festivals in Venice, Cannes and San Sebastian. Konchalovsky ended up emigrating to the United States where he tried his hand at various genres, directing among others Tango & Cash (1989). He returned to his native country at the end of the Cold War with films on contemporary Russia. In 2014, he won a Silver Lion at the 72st Venice International Film Festival for The Postman's White Nights. Dear Comrades! (2020)premiered in Venice where it won the Special Jury Prize.

Filmography
  • 2020 – Dorogie tovarishchi!
  • 2020 – Homo Sperans (documentary)
  • 2019 – Sin
  • 2016 – Paradise
  • 2014 – The Postman's White Nights
  • 2014 – Bitva za Ukrainu (documentary)
  • 2010 – The Nutcracker: The Untold Story
  • 2007 – To Each His Own Cinema
  • 2007 – Gloss
  • 2003 – The Lion in Winter (TV Movie)
  • 2002 – House of Fools
  • 1997 – The Odyssey (2 episodes of the TV series)
  • 1995 – Lumière and Company (documentary)
  • 1994 – Kurochka Ryaba
  • 1991 – The Inner Circle
  • 1991 – The King of Ads (documentary)
  • 1989 – Tango & Cash
  • 1989 – Homer and Eddie
  • 1987 – Shy People
  • 1986 – Duet for One
  • 1985 – Runaway Train
  • 1984 – Maria's Lovers
  • 1982 – Split Cherry Tree (short)
  • 1979 – Siberiade
  • 1974 – Romans o vlyublyonnykh
  • 1970 – Uncle Vanya
  • 1970 – Sunflower
  • 1969 – A Nest of Gentry
  • 1966 – Istoriya Asi Klyachinoy, kotoraya lyubila, da ne vyshla zamuzh
  • 1965 – Pervyy uchitel
  • 1961 – Malchik i golub (short)