FRI JUNE 3, 2022 7:30 PM

COME AND SEE / THE ASCENT

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | ‘BLEAK WEEK: Cinema of Despair’ Series 

ABOUT THE FILMS:

COME AND SEE, 1985, Janus Films, 140 min, Soviet Union, Dir: Elem Klimov. 

Its title drawn from a chilling passage in the Book of Revelation, this nightmarish, fact-based WWII drama is told through the eyes of 14-year-old Florya (Aleksey Kravchenko), a Belarusian boy eager to join the fight against Nazi invaders. But Florya’s dreams of heroics are quickly replaced by the litany of horrors he witnesses from the moment he joins the army to the film’s unforgettable conclusion. “One of the most devastating films ever about anything. … I have rarely seen a film more ruthless in its depiction of human evil.” – Roger Ebert.

FORMAT: DCP

THE ASCENT, 1977, Janus Films, 111 min, Soviet Union, Dir: Larisa Shepitko. 

Larisa 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.

FORMAT: DCP

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