Andrei Tarkovsky’s extraordinarily accomplished debut feature ‘Ivan’s Childhood’ is a powerful and moving tale of a 12-year-old boy who vows to avenge his family’s death at the hands of the Nazis.
Striking up a friendship with three sympathetic Soviet officers, young Ivan becomes a spy on the eastern front.
The film was awarded the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival in 1962 and brought the Russian director international acclaim. A haunting and poetic depiction of a childhood ravaged by war.
★★★★★ “It is one of the great coups de cinéma. Unmissable” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian