Opening of the Film Festival "Road to Victory". "They Fought for Their Motherland"
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.
"They Fought for Their Motherland"
1975 • 151 minutes • 2 episodes
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.
"Ballad of a soldier"
1959 • 85 minutes
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.
1976 • 110 minutes
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.
"Road to Berlin"
2015 • 83 minutes
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.