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Dear Comrades!

In the city of Novocherkassk in 1962, striking laborers are shot to death by the military and a loyal party worker (Julia Vysotskaya) desperately tries to find her missing daughter during the chaotic aftermath. A stark account of actual events where the authorities did everything to cover up mistakes and blame the striking workers rather than the men who ordered the massacre. Focus lies on a woman who has devoted her life to the Communist Party, but whose conviction is shaken when she realizes that she may have sacrificed her child.Ā Meticulously researched by the director; dramatic at times, with a good, emotional lead performance. Ā 

2020-Russia. 120 min. B/W. Produced byĀ Alisher Usmanov.Ā Directed byĀ Andrei Konchalovsky. Screenplay: Andrei Konchalovsky, Elena Kiseleva. Cast: Julia Vysotskaya (Lyudmila ā€Lyudaā€ Syomina), Vladislav Komarov (Loginov), Yuliya Burova (Svetka), Andrey Gusev, Sergei Erlish, Alexander Maskelyne.

Trivia: Original title: Dorogie tovarishchi!.

Venice: Special Jury Prize.

Last word: “[Yuri Bagrayev]Ā was the prosecutor who oversaw the 1992 investigation of the Novocherkasskā€™s events, and he gave me loads of inside information. As you can imagine, a lot of that was never published, so his help was invaluable. I wanted him to be completely satisfied with what we were doing, because there had been several documentaries and even some series on what had happened down thereā€¦ and he was very upset with how those had turned out. I needed to be as meticulous and rigorous as I could. ” (Konchalovsky, Mubi)

 

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