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Andrei Konchalovsky – Dear Comrades! #Venezia77

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Revisiting a page in the history of the Soviet Union.

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PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Andrei Konchalovsky, director of the film Dear Comrades!.

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A conversation with filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky, who presented his latest film, Dear Comrades!, in competition at the 77th Venice International Film Festival. The film revisits a true event that occurred in the early ’60s in the Soviet Union and we ask him about the challenges of revisiting history in cinema. He also reveals the influence of Greek mythology and talks about the style of Dear Comrades!, sharing that it was inspired by the films of that period.

Dear Comrades!: USSR, Novocherkassk, 1962. Lyudmila is a member of the local Communist Party. She’s a staunch upholder of the Communist regime and ideals and despises any form of dissent. During a labour strike at the local electromotive factory, she witnesses the shooting on the protesters by the Army sent by the government to quell the strike: a massacre. An event that will change her vision of the world forever. The city is torn apart by riots, arrests, hasty convictions and by the curfew. Many people are injured and several ones are missing. Precisely in those days Lyudmila’s daughter disappears into thin air and the woman starts an anguished, dangerous and relentless search, in spite of the blockade of the city, the arrests and the attempt at a cover-up by the authorities. The movie is based on a true story that happened on June 2nd, 1962 in Novocherkassk and kept secret until the Nineties. The investigation was started in 1992. The victims were secretly buried in graves under fake names so they could never be found. Major suspects among the top Soviet officials were dead at that time. Culprits have never been convicted.

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Andrei Konchalovsky
  • Interviewee role
    Director
  • Film title
    Dear Comrades!
  • Festival section
    Venezia 77
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