The Ascent - English subtitled

Digitally restored, overwhelming final film by Larisa Shepitko, winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1977.

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The crowning triumph of a career cut tragically short, the final film from Larisa Shepitko went on to be hailed as one of the finest works of late Soviet cinema. In the darkest days of World War II, two partisans set out for supplies to sustain their beleaguered outfit, braving the blizzard-swept landscape of Nazi-occupied Belorussia. When they fall into the hands of German forces and come face-to-face with death, each must choose between martyrdom and betrayal, in a spiritual ordeal that lifts the film’s earthy drama to the plane of religious allegory. With stark, visceral cinematography that pits blinding white snow against pitch-black despair, THE ASCENT finds poetry and transcendence in the harrowing trials of war. (source:

Larisa Shepitko, Sovjet-Unie, 1977, 111 min. Russian & German spoken, English subtitles. With Boris Plotnikov, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Sergey Yakovlev, Lyudmila Polyakova, Viktoriya Goldentul.