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1,013 Ratings

The Ascent


Directed by Larisa Shepitko
Soviet Union, India, 1977
Drama, History


Set during World War II’s darkest days, Larisa Shepitko’s 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.

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The Ascent Directed by Larisa Shepitko

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1977 | 3 wins including: Golden Berlin Bear

1977 | Special Mention: Interfilm Award

Critics reviews

One of those movies I’d use to prove my argument that Russians made the best World War II movies. This story of a couple of partisans trapped by German occupiers of a village is spiritually harrowing and visually stunning.
September 07, 2018
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