Chester Film Society in partnership with STORYHOUSE

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Our first film in partnership with Storyhouse will be on Tuesday 29th June at 6pm and is Dear Comrades, Andrei Konchalovsky’s account of the day in 1962 that Red Army soldiers and KGB snipers opened fire on strikers.
Yuliya Vysotskaya plays Lyudmila, a Communist party official and single mother who lives in a tiny flat in Novocherkassk, a provincial town in the south of the USSR, with her 18-year-old daughter Svetka and grizzled old dad. There are terrible food shortages, yet Lyuda is a loyal and uncomplaining party member who not so secretly pines for the good old days of Josef Stalin, when the Soviet Union was bathed in glorious wartime destiny and when things seemed to be better all round. Together with other local Party officials, she is taken by surprise by a strike at the local factory, in which her own daughter is taking part. As the situation quickly spirals out of control, Lyudmila begins a desperate search for her daughter in the face of curfews, mass arrests, and the authorities’ ruthless attempts to cover up the state violence. Her once unquestioning faith in the Party line is shaken by her growing awareness of its human toll, tearing apart the world she thought she knew. 
Vysotskaya's restrained, careful performance is vital to bearing the weight of this tale which is at odds with a tradition of passionate working class heroines in Russian cinema's historical epics.

"A work of astonishing power and one you should make certain not to miss" (Eye for Film)
"A rage-filled triumph" (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)

Only a few seats left! Chester Film Society subscribers can get a 10% discount on ticket prices by using Promotion Code CFS10.

Click here to book directly on the Storyhouse website

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