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Set in 1960s Soviet Russia, Andrei Konchalovsky’s latest follows a Communist Party official as she grapples with personal and ideological upheaval.
“This gripping historical drama rages against the Soviet machine with bitter laughs and icy fury” –Time Out
In 1962, in the provincial town of Novocherkassk in southern Soviet Russia, Lyudmila is a devout Communist Party official and idealistic veteran of WWII. She stamps out anything she perceives as anti-Soviet sentiment. Together with other local Party officials, she is surprised by a strike at the local factory, in which her own daughter is taking part. As the situation spirals out of control, she begins a desperate search for her daughter while contending with curfews, mass arrests, and the authorities’ ruthless attempts to cover up the 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. Director, writer, and producer Andrei Konchalovsky’s meticulously crafted film — Russia’s entry for Best International Feature at the 2021 Academy Awards — is based on the real events of the Novocherkassk Massacre on June 2, 1962, which were kept secret from the public until 30 years later.
Content advisories: violence, nudity, frightening scenes, mature themes