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LanguageRussian
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Twenty Days Without War
Двадцать дней без войны

The sophomore film from Aleksei German is a melancholic yet deft investigation into the true wages of war. Disillusioned correspondent Lopatin is granted twenty days of leave from the Stalingrad front, which he uses to travel to Taskhent. There, he supervises a film adaptation of his own writings, and engages in a brief, tentative affair with a local woman. Based on the experiences of celebrated author Konstantin Simonov, who wrote the script, German’s film rejects the standard narrative of glorious victory, demonstrating his deep understanding of human relationships and of the place of cinema itself in creating them.

Directed by Aleksei German |
Russia |
1976 |
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Stuart Wilson
Stuart Wilson
Thoughtful war film
This is a thoughtful war film made with Aleksei German's distinctive style. Impeccable mise en scene, well-rounded characters and a focus on the small details of life which shed light on the bigger picture.
Bobbie Kociejowski
Bobbie Kociejowski
Superb warm movie
Never have I seen war so brilliantly depicted as in its peaceful interlude. The dialogue was superb throughout.
Awards and Festivals
1987
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Best Director
Rotterdam International Film Festival, Netherlands
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