Larisa Shepitko

The Ascent

The Ascent

Shepitko’s emotionally overwhelming final film won the Golden Bear at the 1977 Berlin Film Festival and has been hailed around the world as the finest Soviet film of its decade. Set during World War II's darkest days, The Ascent follows the path of two peasant soldiers, cut off from their troop, who trudge through the snowy backwoods of Belarus seeking refuge among villagers. Their harrowing trek leads them on a journey of betrayal, heroism, and ultimate transcendence.

Film Info

  • Larisa Shepitko
  • Soviet Union
  • 1976
  • 111 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • Russian

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Eclipse Series 11: Larisa Shepitko

Eclipse 11: Larisa Shepitko

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The Ascent
Cast
Boris Plotnikov
Sotnikov
Vladimir Gostyukhin
Rybak
Sergei Yakovlev
Village elder
Lyudmila Polyakova
Demchika
Victoria Goldentul
Basya
Anatoly Solonitsyn
Portnov
Nikolay Sektimenko
Stas
Credits
Director
Larisa Shepitko
Producer
Larisa Shepitko
Screenplay
Larisa Shepitko
Screenplay
Yuri Klepikov
Based on the novel by
Vasil Bykov
Cinematography
Vladimir Chukhnov
Cinematography
Pavel Lebeshev
Art director
Yuri Raksha
Editing
V. Belova
Music
Alfred Schnittke

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