Livestream Q&A with director Andrei Konchalovsky
Special Jury Prize, Venice Film Festival
Novocherkassk, USSR. June 1962. Lyudmila, a devout Communist Party official, is a scourge of anything she perceives as anti-Soviet sentiment. After a strike at the local factory, in which her own daughter is participating, catches her and other local Party officials off guard, Moscow decides to step in with force. As the situation spirals out of control, Lyudmila begins a desperate search for her missing daughter in the face of curfews, mass arrests, and the authorities’ ruthless attempts to cover up state violence. Her once unquestioning faith in the Party line is shaken by her growing awareness of its human toll, completely unraveling the world she thought she knew. Filmed in arresting black and white, this historic tale bristles with immediacy—and its current resonances are astonishing.
“In a year when Venice competition seems weighted toward political subjects, it may prove one of the best of the crop, with much credit due to Julia Vysotskaya and her uncommonly gripping perf in the main role.” –Hollywood Reporter