During World War II, 12-year old Ivan works as a spy on the eastern front. The small Ivan can cross the German lines unnoticed to collect information. Three Soviet officers try to take care of this boy-child. Written by
GRAND PRIZE WINNER: 1962 Venice Film Festival, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor
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Trostanyets (spelling from the DVD subtitles), the camp mentioned by Ivan, is the Trostinets extermination camp. (Alternative spellings include Maly Trostinets, Maly Trastsianiets and Trascianec.) It was a World War II death camp located at Maly Trostinets ("Little Trostinets"), a village near the outskirts of Minsk. Operating between July 1942 and October 1943, nearly all Jews in Minsk were murdered there. See more
When Kholin and Galtsev take Ivan across the river in the boat, a tree into the water falls near them. It is supposed to be because of the military action taking place, but it can be seen that the base of the tree has been sawn across in a straight line. See more
Mamma, there's a cuckoo up there!
Referenced in The Revenant
Ne velyat Mashe
[Song played on the gramophone. English translation: "Masha is not allowed beyond the river".] See more