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.”
“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
|Film Forum||New York||NY||1580274000January 29 - February 11, 2020|
|New York Film Festival||New York||NY||1570334400October 6 - October 8, 2019|
|Toronto International Film Festival||Toronto||ON||1568001600September 9 - September 14, 2019|
|Telluride Film Festival||Telluride||CO||1567137600August 30 - September 2, 2019|
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