Beanpole

Directed by Kantemir Balagov

Year: 2019
Running Time: 137
Color Type: Color
Country: Russia
Language: In Russian with English subtitles
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Beanpole

Cast
Viktoria Miroshnichenko
Vasilisa Perelygina

Crew
Directed by Kantemir Balagov


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.

Reviews

"Critic’s Pick. Dazzling… a brilliantly told, deeply moving story about love... from the sensationally talented Russian director Kantemir Balagov."

“Ferocious and extraordinary. You often have to remind yourself to breathe.”

"Brilliant. Balagov is a fiercely individual and quite staggeringly accomplished talent."

“Bold and exacting. Feels damn-near radical.”

"Achingly beautiful. Extraordinary performances and Roma-level production design elevate a brutal yet tender story of two women in post-war Leningrad. Recalls Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days."

"One of the first essential cinematic works released in theaters this year... Beanpole [is] the astonishing sophomore feature effort of 28-year-old Russian director Kantemir Balagov, who utilizes color as artfully as any painter one can name."

“Incredibly strong and deeply felt.”

“Visually resplendent.”

“Extraordinary.”

“Superbly crafted and... alive with human spirit.”

"A devastating, brilliantly directed and acted drama."

“A powerful portrait of mutual need. Balagov's skill as a filmmaker… is beyond doubt.”

“With gorgeous photography and small moments of kindness and hope, Balagov... charts the range of human responses to trauma with great care.”

“Filmed with such raw hypnotic power and beauty that you will find yourself under Balagov’s chokehold. This is easily one of the best films of the year.”



Awards

  • Best Director – Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival

  • Official Selection – New York Film Festival

  • Official Selection – Telluride Film Festival

  • Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival

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PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston 1587096000April 17 - April 19, 2020
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1586491200April 10 - April 11, 2020
Mayfair Ottawa 1586491200April 10 - April 16, 2020
Film Society of Summit Summit 1585886400April 3, 2020
Carbon Arc Cinema Halifax 1585886400April 3, 2020
Cary Theater Cary 1585800000April 2 - April 11, 2020
Alamo Winchester Winchester 1585713600April 1, 2020
Vermont International Film Festival Burlington 1585195200March 26, 2020
Lincoln Theatre - Damariscotta Damariscotta 1584676800March 20 - March 22, 2020
Mesilla Valley Film Society Mesilla 1584676800March 20 - March 26, 2020
Picturehouse Pelham 1584676800March 20 - March 26, 2020
Carlisle Theatre Carlisle 1584676800March 20 - March 26, 2020
Belcourt Theatre Nashville 1584676800Coming Soon
Liberty Theatre Camas 1584676800March 20 - March 26, 2020
Oxnard Film Society Oxnard 1584331200March 16, 2020
Vancouver International Film Centre Vancouver 1584072000March 13 - March 19, 2020
Gateway Film Center Columbus 1584072000March 13 - March 19, 2020
Oklahoma City Museum of Art Oklahoma City 1584072000March 13 - March 15, 2020
The Film Lab Detroit 1583985600March 12 - March 15, 2020
Munson Cinema Utica 1583899200March 11 - March 13, 2020
Crandell Theatre Chatham 1583643600March 8 - March 9, 2020
Living Room Theaters, Boca Raton Boca Raton 1583470800March 6 - March 12, 2020
O Cinema Miami 1583470800March 6 - March 12, 2020
Indiana University Cinema Bloomington 1583470800March 6, 2020
Amherst Cinema Amherst 1583470800Coming Soon
Portland Museum of Art Portland 1583470800March 6 - March 11, 2020
Rome Capitol Theater Rome 1583470800March 6 - March 12, 2020
Sudbury Indie Cinema Sudbury 1583470800March 6 - April 7, 2020
Living Room Theaters Portland 1583470800March 6 - March 12, 2020
Acoustic Java Providence 1583470800March 6 - March 12, 2020
The Broadway Theatre Saskatoon 1583470800March 6 - March 22, 2020
Durango Film Durango 1583384400March 5 - March 6, 2020
Honolulu Museum of Art Honolulu 1583384400March 5 - March 14, 2020
Guild Cinema Albuquerque 1583211600March 3 - March 7, 2020
Cinestudio Hartford 1583038800March 1 - March 4, 2020
Austin Film Society Austin 1583038800March 1 - March 4, 2020
Harkins Shea 14 Scottsdale 1582866000February 28 - March 5, 2020
Landmark Mayan Theatre Denver 1582866000February 28 - March 5, 2020
Cafritz Hall Washington 1582866000February 28 - March 5, 2020
Landmark Midtown Art Cinema Atlanta 1582866000February 28 - March 5, 2020
Film Scene Iowa City 1582866000February 28 - March 5, 2020
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1582866000February 28 - March 5, 2020
Ryder Film Series Bloomington 1582866000February 28 - March 8, 2020
Zeitgeist Arts Center New Orleans 1582866000February 28 - March 5, 2020
Landmark Kendall Square Cinema Boston 1582866000February 28 - March 5, 2020
BAM Rose Cinemas Brooklyn 1582866000February 28 - March 5, 2020
The Moviehouse Millerton 1582866000February 28 - March 5, 2020
TIFF Bell Lightbox Toronto 1582866000February 28 - March 5, 2020
Pittsburgh Filmmakers - Harris Theater Pittsburgh 1582866000February 28 - March 5, 2020
Cinema Le Clap Quebec City 1582866000February 28 - March 5, 2020
Grand Cinema Tacoma Tacoma 1582866000February 28 - March 5, 2020
Boedecker Theater @ Dairy Arts Center Boulder 1582693200February 26 - February 29, 2020
Alexander Valley Film Society Cloverdale 1582347600February 22, 2020
Charlotte Film Society Charlotte 1582347600February 22, 2020
Minor Theatre Arcata 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Landmark Shattuck Cinemas Berkeley 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
The Pageant Theater Chico 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Landmark Ken Cinema San Diego 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema San Francisco 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Santa Barbara International Film Festival / Riviera Theatre Santa Barbara 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Landmark E Street Cinema Washington 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Cinema Art Theater Lewes 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Old Greenbelt Theatre Greenbelt 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Landmark Edina Cinema Edina 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Art House Billings Billings 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Aperture Cinema Winston Salem 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Film Streams Omaha 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Bow Tie Clairidge Cinemas Montclair 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Upstate Films Rhinebeck Rhinebeck 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Little Theatre Rochester 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Nightlight Cinema Akron 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Darkside Cinema Corvallis 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Landmark Ritz Five Philadelphia 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Colonial Theatre Phoenixville 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Cinema Beaubien Montreal 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Cinema du Parc Montreal 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Cinéma du Musée Montreal 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Cinema Moderne Montreal 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Cinema Arts Theatres Fairfax 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Rose Theatre Port Townsend 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Time & Space Limited Hudson 1582174800February 20 - March 1, 2020
Malco Studio on the Square Memphis 1582088400February 19, 2020
Landmark Nuart Theatre Los Angeles 1581656400February 14 - February 20, 2020
Center For Contemporary Arts Santa Fe 1581656400February 14 - February 27, 2020
Cinemapolis Ithaca 1581656400February 14 - February 20, 2020
Jacob Burns Film Center Pleasantville 1581656400February 14 - February 27, 2020
SIFF Cinema Uptown Seattle 1581656400February 14 - February 20, 2020
Calgary International Film Festival Calgary 1581483600February 12, 2020
Malverne Cinema Malverne 1581051600February 7 - February 13, 2020
Film Forum New York 1580274000January 29 - February 27, 2020
AFI Fest Los Angeles 1574139600November 19 - November 20, 2019
New York Film Festival New York 1570334400October 6 - October 8, 2019
Toronto International Film Festival Toronto 1568001600September 9 - September 14, 2019
Telluride Film Festival Telluride 1567137600August 30 - September 2, 2019


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