Directed by Kantemir Balagov

Year: 2019
Running Time: 137
Color Type: Color
Country: Russia
Language: In Russian with English subtitles
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Viktoria Miroshnichenko
Vasilisa Perelygina

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.


"A devastating, brilliantly directed and acted drama."

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

"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."

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

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

“Incredibly strong and deeply felt.”

“Visually resplendent.”

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

“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.”


  • 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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Harkins Shea 14 Scottsdale 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
Landmark Kendall Square Cinema Boston 1582866000February 28 - March 5, 2020
Landmark Lagoon Cinema Minneapolis 1582866000February 28 - March 5, 2020
Landmark Shattuck Cinemas Berkeley 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Landmark Ken Cinema San Diego 1582261200Coming Soon
Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema San Francisco 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Landmark E Street Cinema Washington 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Aperture Cinema Winston Salem 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Landmark Ritz at the Bourse Philadelphia 1582261200February 21 - February 27, 2020
Landmark Nuart Theatre Los Angeles 1581656400February 14 - February 20, 2020
Calgary International Film Festival Calgary 1581483600February 12, 2020
Film Forum New York 1580274000January 29 - February 11, 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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