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27 July 19:00

Main Stage, New Holland Island


Year: 2019

Director: Kantemir Balagov

Country: Russia

Duration: 138 min

1945, Leningrad. World War II has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Although the siege — one of the worst in history — is finally over, life and death continue their battle in the wreckage that remains. Two young women, Iya and Masha, search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins. Director will present the film. Free admission. 16+
фото Kantemir Balagov

Kantemir Balagov

Film director

Kantemir Balagov was born in Nalchik, Russia, in 1991. Beanpole marks his second feature film, Balagov having made his directorial debut with the 2017, Closeness, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard and was awarded the FIPRESCI prize. Balagov graduated from Alexander Sokurov’s directing workshop at Kabardino-Balkarian State University in 2015. During his studies, he made a number of fiction and documentary films, which took part in various domestic and international events. Beanpole (2019) has been selected for the 72 nd Annual Cannes Film Festival, in Un Certain Regard and got to prizes - for Best Directing and FIPRESCI prize.