Russia's submission to the 92nd Academy Awards, BEANPOLE is a remarkable look at two young women’s attempts to rebuild their lives in the devastating aftermath of WWII in 1945 Leningrad.
Iya, nicknamed “Beanpole” for her tall thin body, works as a nurse in a hospital that is packed with traumatized soldiers. The environment is further challenging for Iya who suffers from PTSD-related seizures that leave her unconscious. After a shocking tragedy, Iya gets some relief with the return of the energetic Masha whom she adores after they bonded during the war when they fought together. The two women serve as an anchor for each other as they navigate a city that is still reeling from the devastating war.
Inspired by Svetlana Alexievich’s (2015 Nobel Prize Winner in Literature) “The Unwomanly Face of War”, BEANPOLE sheds a light on the rarely scene topic of the role that women played in the war and the challenges they faced adjusting to post-war life. The exceptional BEANPOLE is the young Kantemir Balagov’s (he is only 28) second feature after his stellar debut CLOSENESS (CIFF 2017). Elevated by a lush colour palette, striking visuals and production design, BEANPOLE deservedly won the Un Certain Regard Best Director award at Cannes and establishes Balagov as one of the best directors working in World Cinema today. The film is also Russia's official submission to the Academy Awards Foreign Language Category.
This film is part of CIFF's new year-round series, Global Perspectives- a brand new Contemporary World Cinema series that navigates the corners of the world bringing compelling stories and experiences for Calgarians to enjoy. This collection of exciting worldly films will make their Calgary debuts at Globe Cinema on the second Wednesday of each month.
Series Passes for Global Perspectives are now on sale. Single tickets for the screening go on sale January 16, 2020.
Single tickets are available to the first film in the Global Perspectives Series: ATLANTICS, screening November 13th, 7pm at the Globe Cinema.
Click here to see all the announced titles in the Global Perspectives series.
- Cannes Film Festival - FIPRESCI Prize
Cannes Film Festival - Un Certain Regard - Best Director
- Cannes Film Festival 2019
Telluride Film Festival 2019
Toronto International Film Festival 2019
New York Film Festival 2019
- Kantemir Balagov
- Alexander Rodnyansky
- Kantemir Balagov, Alexander Terekhov
- Ksenia Sereda
- Igor Litoninskiy
- Evgueni Galperine
- Viktoria Miroshnichenko, Vasilisa Perelygina, Andrey Bykov, Igor Shirokov