Melbourne Cinémathèque 2019 The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present


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Larisa Shepitko’s intriguing second feature is an assured, engrossing and starkly composed character study of a famous middle-aged former female fighter pilot (Maya Bulgakova) struggling to adjust to civilian life as a school principal while taking refuge in wartime memories.

Exploring the generational conflict between those who fought for Stalin in World War II and those who came after, this subtle humanist work announced the emergence of Shepitko as one of the most original voices of ’60s Soviet cinema.

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.