Video Release: April 1, 2014
Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Criterion Collection
- Runtime: 95 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in Russian
A 12-year-old Russian boy becomes a spy during the Second World War after his mother and sister are killed in the fighting. Although the danger of his work leaves him thrilled, when he returns from his missions, he thinks only of the family he lost... and remains haunted visions of their death.
The first feature film directed by the Andrei Tarkovsky established him as a leader in the new Russian cinema. This poetic film follows the poignant tale of Ivan, a 12-year-old boy who becomes consumed with vengeance after his family is killed by Germans during World War II. Based on the novel "Ivan" by Vladimir Bogomolov.
The film won 3 Golden Lion awards at the 1962 Venice Film Festival: Best Actor, Best Picture and Best Director. "My Name Is Ivan" was director Andrei Tarkovsky's first feature film. "The New York Times" and "Variety" listed the American distributor as "Sig Shore." At least two different versions of the film exist. One is 84 minutes long, the other is 97. Film was part of a cultural exchange program between the US and the USSR.