Friedrich ERMLER
Фридрих ЭРМЛЕР
Friedrich ERMLER
USSR, 1945, 108mn 
Black and white, fiction
The Great Turningpoint
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Великий перелом


 Le Tournant décisif

 Velikiy perelom

Directed by : Friedrich ERMLER (Фридрих ЭРМЛЕР)
Writing credits : Boris CHIRSKOV (Борис ЧИРСКОВ)
Andrey ABRIKOSOV (Андрей АБРИКОСОВ) ...Krivenko
Piotr ANDRIYEVSKY (Пётр АНДРИЕВСКИЙ) ...Le général Vinogradov
Mark BERNES (Марк БЕРНЕС) ...Minoutka
Mikhail DERZHAVIN (sen.) (Михаил ДЕРЖАВИН (ст.)) ...Le général Mouraviov
Nikolay KORN (Николай КОРН) ...Le directeur des services de renseignements
Yuri TOLUBEYEV (Юрий ТОЛУБЕЕВ) ...Général Lavrov
Pavel VOLKOV (Павел ВОЛКОВ) ...Stepan
Aleksandr ZRAZHEVSKY (Александр ЗРАЖЕВСКИЙ) ...Général-lieutenant Panteleev
Cinematography : Arkadi KOLTSATY (Аркадий КОЛЬЦАТЫЙ)
Production design : Nikolay SUVOROV (Николай СУВОРОВ)
Music : Gavriil POPOV (Гавриил ПОПОВ)
Sound : Nikolay KOSAREV (Николай КОСАРЕВ), Aleksandr OSTROVSKY (Александр ОСТРОВСКИЙ)
Production : Lenfilm
Restauration : Mosfilm (1967)
Release date in Russia : 29/01/1946

Awards :
First prize Festival de Cannes, Cannes (France), 1946
Best Screen play Festival de Cannes, Cannes (France), 1946

Plot synopsis
World War II. German high command accumulates enormous forces for the assault. Soviet troops commanded by General Muravyov repulse the enemy attacks. Soviet army scouts find out the exact day and time of the decisive offensive. Muravyov is determined to forestall the Nazis and plasters the enemy with fire. All is quiet. Will the fascist troops weakened by the surprise fire begin their offensive or put off the attack?
National Grand Prix and Award for Best Script at the 1st IFF in Cannes, France (1946). For this film, the main members of the crew and cast received the Stalin Prize (first class) of 1945: F. Ermler, B. Chirskov, A. Koltsaty, N. Suvorov, M. Derzhavin, A. Zrazhevsky (1946).

Selected in the following festivals or events :
- Russian or Soviet films awarded at Berlin, Cannes or Venice, (France), 2023
- L'URSS des cinéastes à la Cinémathèque française. 1917-1945 : deuxième partie, Paris (France), 2017
- The USSR of filmmakers at the Cinémathèque française. 1917-1945 : first and second part, Paris (France), 2017
- Zoom arrière. Cinémathèque de Toulouse, Toulouse (France), 2015
- Retrospective Russian cinema at the "Reflet Médicis", Paris (France), 2010
- Festival de Cannes, Cannes (France), 1946