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FILM OPENS: March 06, 2020

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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.

  • Director: Kantemir Balagov
  • Country: Russia
  • Genre: Drama
  • Year: 2020
  • Run Time: 02:17:00
  • imdb Score: 7.2/10 (3,544 votes)
  • Language: Russian
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Konstantin Balakirev, Andrey Bykov, Olga Dragunova, Timofey Glazkov
"This is only the second feature from the sensationally talented Russian director Kantemir Balagov (who was born in 1991), and it’s a gut punch. It’s also a brilliantly told, deeply moving story about love — in all its manifestations, perversity and obstinacy."
Manohla Dargis - THE NEW YORK TIMES

"BEANPOLE is slow to thaw, and its emotional impact is dulled by a structure that delays the story’s full power until the final moments, but there’s a resonant beauty to how these women seize control over their themselves. "
David Ehrlich - INDIEWIRE

"In a film that is so disinterested to conforming to accustomed mainstream movie audiences taste and rhythms, and is committed to its sometimes difficult choices, the bold and exacting BEANPOLE sometimes feels damn-near radical."
Jordan Ruimy - THE PLAYLIST

AWARDS

Cannes Film Festival 2019
FIPRESCI Prize, Un Certain Regard, Queer Palm - Director

Viennale 2019
Director

Torino Film Festival 2019
Best Director and Actress

Stockholm Film Festival 2019
Best Director

Sakhalin Int'l Film Festival 2019
Best Film and Actress

Montréal Festival of New Cinema 2019
Best Film

Ljubljana Int'l Film Festival 2019
Best film of the Perspectives Section

Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival 2019
Jury Special Prize

Golden Apricot Yerevan Int'l Film Festival 2019
Best Film

Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2019
Best Screenplay and Cinematography

Dublin Film Critics Circle Award
2019

Golden Eagle Awards, Russia 2020
Best Actress

Russian Guild of Film Critics 2020
Best Film, Director, Cinematographer and Production

FESTIVALS

Busan Int'l Film Festiva 2019

Toronto Int'l Film Festival 2019

Thessaloniki Int'l Film Festival 2019

Stockholm Int'l Film Festival 2019

Vienna Int'l Film Festival 2019

Film Festival Cologne 2019

Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal 2019

New York Film Festival 2019

Brisbane Film Festival 2019

London Film Festival 2019

Hamburg Film Festival 2019

Telluride Film Festival 2019

and more...