Dir. Kantemir Balagov, Russia, 2019, 137 mins
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“Dazzling… a brilliantly told, deeply moving story about love” –THE NEW YORK TIMES
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, works as a nurse in a shell-shocked hospital, presiding over traumatized soldiers. A shocking accident brings them closer and also seals their fates. Winner of Un Certain Regard’s Best Director prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, BEANPOLE is a richly burnished and vibrant rendering of the persistent scars of war.
Best Director, Un Certain Regard / Cannes Film Festival