PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Julia Vysotskaya, actress of the film Dear Comrades!.
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A conversation with Julia Vysotskaya, lead actress of Andrei Konchalovsky’s film, Dear Comrades!, presented in competition at the 77th Venice International Film Festival. The film is based on a true story and we ask her whether she feels her performance humanizes history, as well as whether she feels that one of the differences of this film to similars is that the protagonist is a woman. We also ask her about connecting with her character and about the meaning of the term “comrades.”
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.