Beanpole (Dylda)

Director: Kantemir Balagov

2020, Russia

Cast: Viktoria Miroshnichenko, Vasilisa Perelygina

In the Pop-up

Distributor: Kino Lorber

1945, Leningrad. World War II has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Although the siege — one of the worst in history — is finally over, life and death continue their battle in the wreckage that remains. Two young women, Iya and Masha, search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins. 26-year-old Kantemir Balagov follows TESNOTA, winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, with a powerful period drama.

“It’s a melodrama about life after wartime, a dual character study and sometimes veers very close to being a bleak, caustic buddy comedy.” – David Fear, Rolling Stone