Beanpole

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Russia | 2019 | 139 minutes | Kantemir Balagov

February 14 - 20, 2020

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 the 2019 Cannes Film Festival for this richly burnished, occasionally harrowing rendering of the persistent scars of war.

"Beanpole is a beautiful, glacially-paced story of women trying to reclaim their former lives. With gorgeous photography and small moments of kindness and hope, Balagov avoids the miserablism typically associated with a Soviet-era setting; he charts the range of human responses to trauma with great care."—Kambole Campbell, Little White Lies

  • Original Language Title: DILDA
  • Director: Kantemir Balagov
  • Principal Cast: Viktoria Miroshnichenko, Timofey Glazkov, Igor Shirokov, Ksenia Kutepova
  • Country: Russia
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 139 minutes
  • Cinematographers: Ksenia Sereda
  • Language: Russian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes