THE CRANES ARE FLYING
Director: Mikhail Kalatozov Run Time: 97 min. Release Year: 1957 Language: Russian
Starring: Aleksandr Shvorin, Aleksey Batalov, Svetlana Kharitonova, Tatyana Samoylova, Vasili Merkuryev
Veronica and Boris are blissfully in love, until the eruption of World War II tears them apart. Boris is sent to the front lines…and then communication stops. Meanwhile, Veronica tries to ward off spiritual numbness while Boris’s draft-dodging cousin makes increasingly forceful overtures. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival, The Cranes Are Flying is a superbly crafted drama, bolstered by stunning cinematography and impassioned performances.