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Image of movie Dorogie tovarishchi!
Image of movie Dorogie tovarishchi!
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Dorogie tovarishchi!

Dear Comrades!
Andrei Konchalovsky
Russian Federation 2020
120min
OV w/ EN subtitles
V'20

A workers’ strike is to be violently put down by the Soviet army and the KGB. Who is to blame for the bloody escalation? Andrei Konchalovsky, co-writer of Andrei Tarkovsky’s ANDREY RUBLEV (1966) and now 83 years old, retells the true story of the Novocherkassk massacre that happened in June 1962 in ethereal black-and-white images. DOROGIE TOVARISHCHI! – lauded at Venice this year with the Special Jury Prize – is a tonally eccentric work that mixes raunchy comedy and melodramatic scenes with a deliberate sense of unease. It focuses on the story of a woman called Lyudmila, a devotedly nostalgic Stalinist and bad-tempered mother, who is working in the city committee when the labor strike gets out of hand upon the arrival of prominent party members. Lyudmila’s daughter gets mixed up in the protests and vanishes without a trace after snipers shoot into the demonstrating masses, thereby killing dozens of people – and quickly making the bodies disappear in order to cover up all traces of the murderous dictatorship.
Ideologically speaking, DOROGIE TOVARISHCHI! is not so easy to grasp in its weird mixture of Soviet satire, political criticism, and potential revisionism. All the more reason to go see this lively, rousing film – to make up one’s own mind. (Stefan Grissemann)

Andrei Konchalovsky: A NEST OF GENTLEFOLK (1969), DYADYA VANYA (1970), A LOVER’S ROMANCE (1974), SIBIRIADA (1979), MARIA’S LOVERS (1984), DUET FOR ONE (1986), SHY PEOPLE (1987), HOMER AND EDDIE (1989), TANGO & CASH (1989), THE INNER CIRCLE (1991), RIABA MA POULE (1994), HOUSE OF FOOLS (2002), CHACUN SON CINÉMA (2007, Ko-Regie), GLOSS (2007), THE NUTCRACKER IN 3D (2010), THE POSTMAN’S WHITE NIGHTS (2014), BATTLE FOR UKRAINE (2014), PARADISE (2016), IL PECCATO (2019)

Credits
  • Julia Vysotskaya - Lyuda
  • Vladislav Komarov - Loginov
  • Andrei Gusev - Victor
  • Yulia Burova - Svetka
  • Andrei Konchalovsky
  • Elena Kiseleva
  • Polina Volynkina
  • Andrey Naidenov
  • Sergei Taraskin
  • Karolina Maciejewska
  • Konstantin Mazur
Andrei Konchalovsky Studios

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