Opening of the Film Festival "Road to Victory". "They Fought for Their Motherland"

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Opening of the Film Festival "Road to Victory". "They Fought for Their Motherland"
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Dear friends!

As part of the program of events dedicated to the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Victory in World War II, the Russian Center in Brussels, in association with Mosfilm, presents to your attention the film festival "Road to Victory". We have selected for you the best Russian films about the Second World War. These are films about bravery, courage, self-sacrifice and heroism. They are united by an idea that is more than obvious to us, the descendants of those who paid a great price for the Victory: “This should never happen again!”

The festival program opens by a masterpiece of Russian cinema - the picture “They Fought for their Motherland”, based on the eponymous novel by Mikhail Sholokhov.


09.05 (15.00)

"They Fought for Their Motherland"

1975 • 151 minutes • 2 episodes

French subtitles

Director: Sergey Bondarchuk

Cast: Georgy Burkov, Yuri Nikulin, Nonna Mordyukova, Innokenty Smoktunovsky, Nikolai Volkov, Vasily Shukshin


In July 1942, in the Second World War, the rearguard of the Russian army protects the bridgehead of the Don River

against the German army while the retreating Russian troops cross the bridge. While they move back to the Russian

territory through the countryside, the soldiers show their companionship, sentiments, fears and heroism to defend their Motherland.





10.05 (15.00)

"Ballad of a soldier"

1959 • 85 minutes

French subtitles

Director: Grigory Chukhrai

Cast: Zhanna Prokhorenko, Evgeny Evstigneev, Vladimir Pokrovsky, Evgeny Teterin, George Yumatov


Russian soldier Alyosha Skvortsov is granted a visit with his mother after he single-handedly fends off two enemy tanks.

As he journeys home, Alyosha encounters the devastation of his war-torn country, witnesses glimmers of hope

among the people, and falls in love.




11.05 (15.00)

"The Ascent"

1976 • 110 minutes

English subtitles

Director: Larisa Shepitko

Cast: Vladimir Gostyukhin, Boris Plotnikov, Lyudmila Polyakova, Victoria Goldlentul, Maria Vinogradova


Two Soviet partisans leave their starving band to get supplies from a nearby farm. The Germans have

reached the farm first, so the pair must go on a journey deep into occupied territory, a voyage

that will also take them deep into their souls.




12.05 (15.00)

"Road to Berlin"

2015 • 83 minutes

French subtitles

Director: Sergey Popov

Cast: Valery Nenashev, Yuri Borisov, Amir Abdykalykov, Maria Karpova, Ekaterina Ageeva


The summer of 1942. Communications officer Ogarkov and private Dzhurabaev, who can barely speak Russian,

are fighting their way through the German encirclement. Time after time finding themselves in difficult situations

the two young men learn to trust each other. After going through many hardships, they become true friends

who will do anything to save each other from death.


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