by Federico Ferrone, Michele Manzolini
Fiction | Italy | Italian | 70’ | 2019
An Italian soldier, born to a Russian mother, is called to the Eastern Front. As a speaker of Russian, he is one of the few Italian soldiers who can communicate with enemy prisoners and the local population. The horrors of war and the ghosts of a hostile land encroach upon him and it is clear that an “easy” victory was just an illusion. In a last desperate attempt to escape his fate, he decides to desert. Like thousands of other fellow soldiers, his body will disappear in the frost of Ukrainian winter. Seventy years later, those same places are again the scene of war, destruction and death.