Directed by Federico Ferrone and Michele Manzolini.
Official selection at the 76th Mostra del Cinema di Venezia.
In 1941, an Italian soldier is leaving for the Soviet front. The Fascist army is allied with the Nazi war machine. Victory seems close. The convoy moves forward, men are singing and hopeful. The soldier’s mind goes back to the melancholic fairy tales his Russian mother told him. Unlike his younger companions, he has already been to war, in Africa, and he fears it. The train crosses Europe, reaching the interminable expanses of the Ukrainian plains. As winter arrives, enthusiasm wanes under the first mortar shells, the cold and the snow. The most heartfelt desire is no longer victory, but rather a warm bed, food, and to go back home. The immense wind ravaged steppe seems to be inhabited by ghosts.
Produced by Kiné in association with Istituto Luce Cinecittà, in collaboration with Home Movies – Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia
and with Rai Cinema, with the contribution of Regione Emilia-Romagna – Emilia-Romagna Film Commission