In this adaptation of a novel by Valentin Rasputin, a tiny Siberian peasant village on an island in the Angara River is to be flooded, and the tree-worshipping locals forcibly relocated in favour of the construction of a new hydroelectric dam.
Four years after Larisa Shepitko’s death, Elem Klimov completed the film his wife was poised to shoot at the time of her accident, with maximal respect for her original vision.
This prescient, elegiac ecological fable duly became a favourite of Gorbachev and is credited with helping to prompt environmental reform within the USSR under perestroika.
During ACMI's redevelopment, Melbourne Cinémathèque screenings will take place at The Capitol. For maps and accessibility information see ACMI Cinemas during closure.