A meticulous reimaging of early 1960s Khrushchev-era Russia, mixing dark humor with a potent recreation of an event shrouded in secrecy by the Soviet government for 30 years. Russia’s Official Oscar Submission (Best International Film)
Konchalovsky (Runaway Train, Paradise), shooting in black-and-white, meticulously reimagines early 1960s Khrushchev-era Russia, mixing dark humor with a potent recreation of an event shrouded in secrecy by the Soviet government for 30 years. When the government raises food prices, locomotive workers in the industrial city of Novocherkassk go on a mass strike. Local party bureaucrats fumble the response, leading to a massacre—and in the ensuing chaos, one of the activists who disappears is the daughter of a staunch, now conflicted, Communist party loyalist. Julia Vysotskaya (lauded for her riveting performance) still misses Stalin and can barely pass the portrait she keeps of him in her family apartment without saluting. Having an affair with her boss makes things even messier. Not to mention her disgruntled elderly father who refuses to change out of his WWI uniform.
- Original Language Title: Dorogie Tovarischi
- Director: Andrei Konchalovsky
- Principal Cast: Julia Vysotskaya, Vladislav Komarov, Andrei Gusev, Yulia Burova, Sergei Erlish
- Country: Russia
- Year: 2020
- Running Time: 116 min.
- Producer: Alisher Usmanov, Andrei Konchalovsky
- Screenplay: Andrei Konchalovsky, Elena Kiseleva
- Cinematographers: Andrey Naidenov
- Editors: Sergei Taraskin, Karolina Maciejewska
- Awards: Official Oscar Submission (Best International Film)
- Language: Russian