The film follows the journey of The Boy, entrusted by his persecuted parents to an elderly foster mother. The old woman soon dies and the Boy is on his own, wandering through the country-side, from village to farmhouse. As he struggles for survival, The Boy suffers through extraordinary brutality meted out by the ignorant, superstitious peasants and he witnesses the terrifying violence of the efficient, ruthless soldiers, both Russian and German.
Awards - Venice IFF (UNICEF Award), Chicago IFF (Silver Hugo for Best Cinematography), Camerimage (Bronze Frog, FIPRESCI Prize)
Nominations - Venice FF (Golden Lion for Best Film), Chicago IFF (Gold Hugo for Best Film)