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Dear Comrades!

Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky
2020
Russia
120 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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The great Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky (The Postman’s White Nights, SFF 2015) has made a monochrome masterpiece examining a historical massacre. Special Jury Prize, Venice 2020.
Dear Comrades! is based on the true events of the Novocherkassk massacre of 1962, information of which was hidden for decades. Lyudmila is a loyal Communist Party official who toes the party line and is dead set against dissent. When the army is sent to suppress a labour strike, the soldiers open fire, killing and wounding many workers. In the ensuing chaos people go missing, and Lyudmila’s fiery teenage daughter Svetka is amongst them. Lyudmila embarks on a dangerous and desperate search, but the cover-up takes hold and non-compliance is swiftly punished. Now in his eighties, Konchalovsky won his first prize in Venice for a short film in 1962. Nearly six decades later his new film is vibrant, angry, occasionally humorous and as vital as ever.
Konchalovsky has confounded us yet again, damn him, by coming up with his masterpiece… Beautiful and damning, Dear Comrades! is also an act of remembrance.
Anthony Lane, The New Yorker
A rage-filled triumph.
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Original Title
Dorogie tovarishchi!
Year
2020
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Russia
Language
In Russian with English subtitles
Director
Andrei Konchalovsky
Producer
Alisher Usmanov, Andrei Konchalovsky
Cast
Julia Vysotskaya, Vladislav Komarov, Andrei Gusev
Screenwriter
Andrei Konchalovsky, Elena Kiseleva
Cinematographer
Andrey Naidenov
Editor
Sergei Taraskin, Karolina Maciejewska
Australian Distributor
Rialto Distribution
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