The Cranes are Flying

Genre: War
Duration: 97 mins
Format: 35mm
Director: Mikhail Kalatozov
Cast: Tatiana Samoylova, Aleksei Batalov, Vasili Merkuryev Awards: Winner Palm d’Or for Best Film (Cannes Film Festival 1958) Nominated for BAFTA Award for Best Film

Veronica and Boris are two people in love. They are inseparable until World War II tears them apart and Boris is sent to the front. Broken under the burden of sorrow, Veronica settles with Boris' family, but refuses to believe reports of his death, even though she has suffered much, including later marrying Boris's self-centred cousin. Winner of the Palme d' Or at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival, The Cranes Are Flying is a sophisticated, touching love story with impassioned performances and astonishing cinematography that defined the new wave of Russian realism.

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