The film can be watched on the online program on Mymovies from 20th to 21st November (24 hours from 9 am to 9 am).
The First World War was a tragedy that triggered a series of severe tests for the Russian people: revolution, civil war, famine, political repression, the Second World War. And all this impacted on one generation. How did they find the courage and patience to survive all the upheavals of the 20th century? What was their character like? What were they thinking and feeling? The authors of the film A Russian Youth explored exactly these questions.
The film tells the story of a simple village boy who goes to the front of the First World War with a naive juvenile dream of acquiring fame and medals. In the first battle, he loses his sight. He is left to serve as a listener — he must listen carefully through huge metal funnels and raise an alarm when enemy airplanes are approaching.
Back then, the Russian Empire army was mainly formed by peasants and the working class — people whose appearances showed that they lived a life of hard labor. Many non-professional actors in the film were found on the streets, in factories, among the cadets of military schools...
The film features music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, who created the Piano Concerto No. 3 (Op. 30) in 1909. With the power and energy of this piece, the composer predicted the incoming upheavals of the 20th century. Rachmaninoff’s premonition about the fate of the people can be heard in the lyrical shrill melody. Three decades later, at the beginning of the Second World War, Rachmaninoff creates Symphonic dances (Op. 45), an even more grand and vigorous work. After which he no longer created anything…
Youngabout International Film Festival
With attention and passion we have selected feature and short films that face the subjects of rights, cultural diversity, disability, solidarity, integration and social inclusion, hospitality, courage, experimentation and friendship. The main characters are children, adolescents and their families in a more and more complex, confusing, contradictory and varied world. High-quality cinema can help us to orient ourselves in this unstable universe with few points of reference but with still some positive energies and examples. Youngabout Film Festival promotes the recognition and enhancement of the universe of youth, with film premieres in their original version.