Ivan's Childhood

TitleIvan's Childhood
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1962
AuthorsTarkovskii, Andrei
Running Time84 minutes
Date Released1962
CountrySoviet Union
Publication LanguageRussian, German

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. Twelve year-old Ivan demands to be regarded as an adult among Soviet army soldiers who care for him after the death of his family. He becomes a scout, moving behind German lines to relay information back to his make-shift family.


Nikolai Burlyaev

Valentin Zubkov

Evgeny Zharikov

Stepan Krylov

Nikolai Grinko


Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

Written by Vladimir Bogomolov and Mikhail Papava

Cinematography by Vadim Yusov

Edited by Lyudmila Feiginova

Music by Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov


Drama, War

Alternate TitleMy Name is Ivan
Original PublicationИва́ново де́тство/Ivanovo detstvo
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