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RUSSIA OFFICIAL INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM OSCAR® SUBMISSION

Talent attending: Kantemir Balagov (Director)

Amid the aftermath of war-ravaged Russia, Iya (Viktoria Mironshnichenko), a nurse nicknamed “Beanpole” for her lanky stature, cares for injured soldiers as well as her best friend’s son Pashka. While working around the clock at the hospital, she must confront and navigate her debilitating PTSD as she experiences sudden seizures that paralyze her entire body. When Masha, the woman she loves, returns from the war under the most devastating of circumstances, the two women fight to survive their nightmarish existence, finding solace in their connection to one another against the backdrop of a shattered nation. This somber, yet searing, drama from Russian wunderkind Kantemir Balagov won the Best Director Award in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard sidebar and the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film. –Lane Kneedler

Kantemir Balagov was born in Nalchik in the Russian republic of Kabardino-Balkaria (then part of the USSR) and studied at the Kabardino-Balkaria University film director’s workshop under the tutelage of Alexander Sokurov. He made his feature directorial debut with CLOSENESS (2017), which won the FIPRESCI prize in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section.

Chris Wells
Kino Lorber
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Details

Country: Russia

Year: 2019

Director: Kantemir Balagov

Screenwriters: Kantemir Balagov, Aleksandr Terekhov

Producers: Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov, Ellen Rodnianski

Director of Photography: Kseniya Sereda

Editor: Igor Litoninskiy

Production Designer: Sergey Ivanov

Music: Evgueni Galperine

Cast/Featuring: Viktoria Miroshnichenko, Vasilisa Perelygina

Running Time (minutes): 137 min

Language: Russian

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