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Commissar
Комиссар

Nearing the end of a hidden pregnancy, a Commissar is forced to hide with a Jewish family. Klavdia, the Commissar, finds her own values at odds with their sprawling generosity. In this investigation of femininity and motherhood in wartime, the characters reach an almost mythic resonance. A dialectic on idealism’s tension with morality and the hypocrisy of revolution. Due to its criticism of anti-semitism and it’s ambiguous view of the Red Army, the film was tragically shelved for two decades.

Directed by Aleksandr Askoldov |
Russia |
1967 |
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Awards and Festivals
Award
Award Laurel
1988
Best Director,
Flanders International Film Festival Ghent
Nika Award
Award Laurel
1989
Best Film, Best Actress, Best Director
Critics Prize
Award Laurel
1989
“Best Film on the screens of the GDR"
GDR Film Critics Prize
Cast and Crew