6.8 The Ascension (1977)
Larisa Shepitko, who studied with Dovzhenko, debuted with Znoy/ Heat (1963), her graduation thesis, set in the steppes of Central Asia during the Stalin era,
followed by Krylya/ Wings (1966), about a heroic woman soldier who after the war is sent to take care of restless students in a provincial town.
After Ty i Ja/ You and Me (1971), her only color film, she
made the black-and-white war movie Voskhozhdeniye/ The Ascent (1977),
about partisans in Nazi-occupied Belarus,
adapted from Vasil Bykau's novella "Sotnikov/ The Ordeal" (1970),
full of Christian symbolism, with cinematography by Pavel Lebeshev and music by Alfred Schnittke.
She didn't finish the plot-less philosophical Proshchanie/ Farewell (1982), based on Valentin Rasputin's novel, that was completed by her husband Elem Klimov.