Updated at 14:18,20-03-2023

Iconic Belarusian Film Will Be Screened In NY, For The First Time In 35 Years


For the first time in 35 years the iconic movie Come and See set in Belarus will be screened in New York in the winter of 2020, dtf.ru reports.

To make this possible, the film was restored. This is the third restored version of the movie: before that, the Japanese and Russian versions were released.

The Russian version was made from rental copies, since the fate of the original negatives is unknown, and the source of the Japanese version is even more so. Criterion Collection will release “Come and See” on Blu-Ray.

This is what the reissue poster looks like:

The Soviet war drama thriller was directed by Elem Klimov, with a screenplay written by Klimov and Belarusian writer Ales Adamovich based on Khatyn Story, Partisans and Punishers books.

An interesting fact is that the movie was originally titled Kill Hitler. It is generally viewed as one of the most important anti-war movies ever made, and one of the great movies in history with the most historically accurate depictions of the crimes on the Eastern Front.

The film focuses upon the Nazi German occupation of Belarus, and primarily upon the events witnessed by a young Belarusian partisan teenager named Flyora.

The boy who despite his parents’ wishes joins the Belarusian resistance movement, and thereafter depicts the Nazi atrocities against people and human suffering.

The film mixes hyper-realism with an underlying surrealism, and philosophical existentialism with poetical, psychological, political and apocalyptic themes.