(My Name Is Ivan)
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Kolya Burlyaev, Valentin Zubkov, E. Zharikov, S. Krylov,
Few debuts match the unequivocal power of Tarkovsky’s Ivan’s Childhood, a technical tour-de-force of flying crane shots, absurd angles, and arresting lighting merged with a powerful tale of war, violence, and childhood. Few are left alive along the Russian/German front of World War II, but twelve-year-old Ivan still moves, and still stalks, a young child turned into a “soldier boy.” Wandering through bombed-out ruins, birch forests, and frozen lands, Ivan is both hero and monster, innocence and decline, his only solace the memories of a mother long since missing. Ivan’s Childhood won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, and announced the arrival of a major new talent.