Ballad of a Soldier (1959) - based on a novel by Boris Vasilyev - tells a story about Senior Sergeant Vaskov and a group of Soviet female soldiers fighting Nazi paratroopers in Karelia in 1941 during World War II. Directed by Grigori Chukhrai. Starring Vladimir Ivashov, Zhanna Prokhorenko and Antonina Maksimova. Award: BAFTA (Best Film). Nominations: 1960 Cannes Film Festival (Palme d'Or), 1962 Academy Awards (Oscar for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay). TV systems: NTSC, PAL. Aspect ratio: 4:3. Sound format: Dolby Digital 5.1. Languages: Russian, English, French. Subtitles: Russian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese.