Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Cast: Nikolay Burlyaev, Valentin Zubkov, Evgeniy Zharikov
Genre: Drama, War
Language: Russian with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Russia 1962 95 mins.
Released by Curzon Artificial Eye
Andrei Tarkovsky's debut feature is an extraordinarily moving and powerful story of war and revenge. Determined to avenge his family's death at the hands of the Nazis, 12 year-old Ivan joins a Russian partisan regiment as a scout, where he becomes indispensable for his ability to slip unnoticed behind enemy lines. But, as his missions become increasingly dangerous, it is decided that he must be removed from the front line. Ivan resists and convinces his commanding officers to allow him to carry out one last expedition.