The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

The Cranes Are Flying

The fifth entry in our Soviet September series is The Cranes Are Flying, a romantic drama from Mikhail Kalatozov set during World War II.

Boris and Veronika are two young lovers living in Moscow when they are hit with the news that Nazi Germany has invaded the Soviet Union. Swept up with patriotic fervor, Boris joins the army while Veronika stays home, with the two hoping to reunite after the war ends. However, the savage nature of the conflict takes a toll on not just their homes and families, but their relationship as well.

Adapted from the play by Viktor Rozov, The Cranes Are Flying has the distinction of being the only Soviet film to win the highly-coveted Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Frida Cinema is proud to partner with our friends at South East European Film Festival (SEEFest) to present Soviet September, a series of nine acclaimed films representing six decades of cinema from the former Soviet Union (1922 – 1991).


“Thanks to Mr. Kalatozov’s direction and the excellent performance Tatyana Samoilova gives as the girl, one absorbs a tremendous feeling of sympathy from this film — a feeling that has no awareness of geographical or political bounds.” – Bosley Crowther, The New York Times

“Expressively tragic, The Cranes are Flying is a beautifully projected tearjerker, ending with a compassionate moment of catharsis which also satisfies the socialist realism of the Soviet Union.”  – Nicholas Bell,

“One of the most profound and lyrical refutations of war ever made.”  – PJ Nabarro, Patrick Nabarro