Ivanovo detstvo / Ivan's Childhood

TitleIvanovo detstvo / Ivan's Childhood
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1962
AuthorsTarkovsky, Andrei
Running Time84 minutes
Date Released04/06/1962
CountrySoviet Union
Publication LanguageRussian

This critically acclaimed film, which won director Andrei Tarkovsky the Golden Lion at the 1962 Venice Film Festival, explores the loss of childhood and innocence in World War II. When Nazi invaders destroy his Russian village and kill his family, 12-year-old Ivan (Kolya Burlyayev) is placed in a German prison camp. Ivan escapes from the camp and crosses back over to Russia, and comes under the care of Capt. Kholin (Valentin Zubkov), who wants to send Ivan to military school. Ivan refuses, requesting that he be allowed to use his powers of stealth to return to Germany to spy on the Nazis and avenge the killing of his family. Famous filmmakers such as Ingmar Bergman, Sergei Parajanov and Krzysztof Kieślowski praised the film and cited it as an influence on their work.

Alternate TitleMy Name is Ivan
Original PublicationИва́ново де́тство
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