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Films

Beanpole

Director(s)
Kantemir Balagov
Country
Russia
Year
2019
Language
Russian with French or English subtitles
Duration
137 min

With French subtitles:

  • March 14th, March 20th

In post-WWII Leningrad, two women, Iya and Masha (astonishing newcomers Viktoria Miroshnichenko and Vasilisa Perelygina), intensely bonded after fighting side by side as anti-aircraft gunners, attempt to readjust to a haunted world. As the film begins, Iya, long and slender and towering over everyone—hence the film’s title—works as a nurse in a shell-shocked hospital, presiding over traumatized soldiers. A shocking accident brings them closer and also seals their fates. The 28-year-old Russian director Kantemir Balagov won Un Certain Regard’s Best Director prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for this richly burnished, occasionally harrowing rendering of the persistent scars of war.

Brilliant. Balagov is a fiercely individual and quite staggeringly accomplished talent. – The Guardian

A devastating, brilliantly directed and acted drama. – The New York Times

Best Director Un Certain Regard – Cannes Film Festival 2019
Prix FIPRESCI – Cannes Film Festival 2019
Louve d’or – FNC 2019
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Director(s)
Kantemir Balagov
Country
Russia
Year
2019
Language
Russian with French or English subtitles
Duration
137 min