“A dazzling, coldly furious account of events that year in Novocherkassk.”
– Danny Leigh, Financial Times
Starts February 5
When the communist government raises food prices in 1962, the rebellious workers from the small industrial town of Novocherkassk go on strike. The massacre which then ensues is seen through the eyes of a devout party activist. DEAR COMRADES! received critical praise out of the Venice Film Festival, with Variety calling it “scintillating” and “meticulous and majestic, epic in scope and tattoo-needle intimate in effect,” and The Playlist describing it as “a fascinating blend of dark satire and bleak archaeology.”
Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky. Written by Andrei Konchalovsky & Elena Kiseleva. With Julia Vysotskaya, Vladislav Komarov, Andrei Gusev, Yulia Burova & Sergei Erlish. Russia. In Russian with English subtitles. 2020. 120 mins.
Price: $12.00 (50% of proceeds support The Roxie Theater) $10.00 for Roxie Members!
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Directors Note from Andrei Konchalovsky:
The process of making films about the 1960s is increasingly becoming the process of restoring the historical authenticity of the era, a fairly difficult task all in itself. Recently we’ve been seeing plenty of films where the 60s-70s-80s of the 20th century look fake and contrived, without any resemblance to the Soviet films made at the time, like the great “The Cranes Are Flying” or “Ballad of a Soldier”. So, my goal was to scrupulously and in great detail reproduce the era of the USSR’s 1960s. 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.