Kino Lorber has released a new full length U.S. trailer for Kantemir Balagov‘s “Beanpole,” Russia’s submission for the Oscars’ Best International Feature. The film world premiered at Cannes Film Festival where it competed under Un Certain Regard and won the FIPRESCI Prize and for Best Director.
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.
Balagov previously directed “Molodoy eschyo” and “Closeness,” two films of his which also premiered at Cannes in 2017. “Beanpole” is written by himself and Aleksandr Terekhov. It is inspired by Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich’s book, “The Unwomanly Face of War,” where the author details the experiences of Soviet women living through hardships of war.
“Beanpole” had its North American debut at Telluride Film Festival. It also screened in Toronto, London, Busan and New York. In his NYFF review, Award Circuit’s Joey Magidson calls it “a period piece that takes pains to observe what the struggles of the time were for Russians,” while finding the hope in its narrative.
“Beanpole” is produced by Alexander Rodnyansky, who was nominated for an Oscar for Andrey Zvyangintsev’s film “Loveless” and “Leviathan.”
It is also produced by AR Content and Non Stop Productions. Kino Lorber will distribute the film in U.S. theaters January 29, 2020.
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