Influenced by her mentor, the Soviet/Ukrainian master Alexander Dovzhenko, Larisa Shepitko’s first feature is a curious mix of Soviet political drama and inter-class conflict, culminating in an almost Western-like showdown climax.
Despite it being the young director’s diploma film, as well as the punishing nature of its production (she had to direct from a stretcher after falling seriously ill due to the extreme climate on the Kyrgyz steppe), it received numerous awards at international festivals including the Grand Prix for best debut at Karlovy Vary.
During ACMI's redevelopment, Melbourne Cinémathèque screenings will take place at The Capitol. For maps and accessibility information see ACMI Cinemas during closure.
Screenings will commence slightly earlier at 6.30pm.