They Fought For Their Motherland

Genre: War
Duration: 151 mins
Format: 35mm
Director: Sergei Bondarchuk
Cast: Vasiliy Shukshin, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Sergei Bondarchuk, Yuri Nikulin
Awards: Nominated for Palm d'Or (Cannes Film Festival)

It is July 1942, the army is retreating and a small group of exhausted soldiers, the last of their regiment, are defending a plot of land. Tank tracks and wilted grass are all a part of the surrounding scenery, making the struggle even more depressing for the soldiers.

From Oscar winning director Sergei Bondarchuk (War & Peace) Motherland is a powerful Biblical tale, portraying an absurd clash between the earth and the inhuman war machine, a metaphor of confrontation, eternal life and evil forces.