Synopsis

Andrei Tarkovsky’s Venice Golden Lion winning debut feature is an extraordinarily moving and powerful story of war and revenge. Determined to avenge his family’s death at the hands of the Nazis, 12-year-old Ivan joins a Russian partisan regiment as a scout, where he becomes indispensable for his ability to slip unnoticed through enemy lines. But as his missions become increasingly dangerous, it is decided that he must be removed from the front line. Ivan resists and convinces his commanding officers to allow him to carry out one last expedition.

Director

Andrei Tarkovsky
One of world’s most visionary, celebrated and influential filmmakers, Andrei Tarkovsky made just seven features before his tragically early death at the age of 54. Characterised by metaphysical and spiritual explorations of the human condition, each film is an artistic masterpiece of extraordinary visual beauty and stand as enduring classics of world cinema.

Details

Aspect ratio: 16:9 Colour: B&W Production year: 1962 Original title: Ivanovo detstvo DVD catalogue number: ART789DVD Blu-ray catalogue number: ART179BD Blu-ray special features: -Interview with composer Vyaaheslav Ovchinnikov -Interview with cinematographer Vadim Usov -Interview with actor Evgeniy Zharikov -Andrei Tarkovsky’s metaphysical dream scone: Selected scene commentary by psychoanalyst Mary Wild -36-page booklet DVD special features: -36-page booklet

Awards

Winner of the 1962 Venice Golden Lion




Out now on DVD, Blu-ray & on demand

Also part of Andrei Tarkovsky Deluxe Collection

GENRE: Drama, War

CERTIFICATE: 12A

DIRECTOR: Andrei Tarkovsky

DURATION: 95 Mins

COUNTRIES: Russia

LANGUAGES: Russian

AWARDS:
Winner of the 1962 Venice Golden Lion

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Reviews


  • “Hugely impressive”

    Time Out


  • “Strikingly beautiful... very highly recommended”

    Dr. Svet Atanasov, Blu-ray.com


  • “We have pity for Ivan because of his predicament, and because of Kolya Burlaiev's remarkable performance”

    Mark Chalon Smith, Los Angeles Times


  • “Glowing... Tarkovsky has mixed daring with poetry in making this film”

    TIME


  • “Moving and haunting”

    Bosley Crowther, The New York Times


  • “Has the rare ability to stop you in your tracks”

    David Jenkins, Little White Lies

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