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
  • 1977
  • 111 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • Russian

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Collector's Set

Eclipse Series 11: Larisa Shepitko

Eclipse 11: Larisa Shepitko

DVD Box Set

2 Discs


The Ascent
Boris Plotnikov
Vladimir Gostyukhin
Sergei Yakovlev
Village elder
Lyudmila Polyakova
Victoria Goldentul
Anatoly Solonitsyn
Nikolay Sektimenko
Larisa Shepitko
Larisa Shepitko
Larisa Shepitko
Yuri Klepikov
Based on the novel by
Vasil Bykov
Vladimir Chukhnov
Pavel Lebeshev
Art director
Yuri Raksha
V. Belova
Alfred Schnittke

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From the Eclipse Shelf: The Ascent
From the Eclipse Shelf: The Ascent
We spread the word about Larisa Shepitko, one of the true visionaries of Soviet cinema, when we released two of her incredible films in 2008, but she remains an under-the-radar figure for most movie lovers. By 1979, when she was tragically killed…