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DEAR COMRADES

by Andrey Konchalovskiy

synopsis

USSR, Novocherkassk, 1962. Lyudmila is a member of the local Communist Party. She’s a staunch upholder of the Communist regime and ideals and despises any form of dissent. During a labour strike at the local electromotive factory, she witnesses the shooting on the protesters by the Army sent by the government to quell the strike: a massacre. An event that will change her vision of the world forever. The city is torn apart by riots, arrests, hasty convictions and by the curfew. Many people are injured and several ones are missing. Precisely in those days Lyudmila’s daughter disappears into thin air and the woman starts an anguished, dangerous and relentless search, in spite of the blockade of the city, the arrests and the attempt at a cover-up by the authorities. The movie is based on a true story that happened on June 2nd, 1962 in Novocherkassk and kept secret until the Nineties. The investigation was started in 1992. The victims were secretly buried in graves under fake names so they could never be found. Major suspects among the top Soviet of cials were dead at that time. Culprits have never been convicted.

international title: Dear Comrades
original title: Dorogiye tovarishchi
country: Russian Federation
sales agent: Films Boutique
year: 2020
genre: fiction
directed by: Andrey Konchalovskiy
film run: 120'
screenplay: Andrey Konchalovskiy, Elena Kiseleva
cast: Julia Vysotskaya, Vladislav Komarov, Andrei Gusev, Yulia Burova, Sergei Erlish
cinematography by: Andrey Naidenov
film editing: Sergei Taraskin, Karolina Maciejewska
art director: Irina Ochina
costumes designer: Konstantin Mazur
producer: Alisher Usmanov, Andrey Konchalovskiy
production: Production Center of Andrei Konchalovsky (RU)
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