USSR, 1970, 108mn 
Black and white, fiction
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Был месяц май


 It Was in May

 C’était au mois de mai

Directed by : Marlen KHUTSIEV (Марлен ХУЦИЕВ)
Writing credits : Grigori BAKLANOV (Григорий БАКЛАНОВ)
Aleksandr ARZHILOVSKY (Александр АРЖИЛОВСКИЙ) ...Lieutenant Nikolaev
Vladimir GOSTIUKHIN (Владимир ГОСТЮХИН) ...Nyrkov
Igor KLASS (Игорь КЛАСС) ...Avdiev
Sergey SHAKUROV (Сергей ШАКУРОВ) ...Margosline
Pyotr TODOROVSKY (Пётр ТОДОРОВСКИЙ) ...Volodia Yakovenko
Cinematography : Vladimir OSHEROV (Владимир ОШЕРОВ)
Production design : Vladimir KOROVIN (Владимир КОРОВИН)
Companies : Mostelefilm

Plot synopsis
The red flag is flying over the Reichstag in May 1945. In a small German village, a group of Russian soldiers are experiencing their first days of peace. Under lieutenant Nikolaev, they discover the reality of Nazism and the concentration camps. The soldiers are searching for a peasant, Raschke, who had compelled a young Polish woman to sacrifice herself so that his pigs could be fed, and was responsible for the death of numerous Poles.
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Selected in the following festivals :
- Rétrospective Marlen Khoutsiev à la Cinémathèque française, Paris (France), 2017
- Independant European Film Festival VOICES, Vologda (Russia), 2016
- Russian film festival in Ajaccio, Ajaccio (France), 2015
- Festival of Central and Eastern Film , Wiesbaden (Germany), 2015
- Film Festival Locarno, Locarno (Switzerland), 2015
- Window to Europe Film Festival, Vyborg, Vyborg (Russia), 2013
- Saint Petersburg International Cine-Forum, St Petersburg (Russia), 2011
- Marseille Russian Film Festival in Toursky, Marseille (France), 2010
- International debut film festival, Khanty Mansiysk (Russia), 2010
- FEMA / La Rochelle International Film Festival, La Rochelle (France), 2003