Ottawa Premiere the Week of April 10th!

1945, Leningrad. WWII has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Two young women search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins. Russian with English subtitles.

Cannes: FIPRESCI Prize, and Best Director Award winner, Un Certain Regard Award, and Queer Palm nominee!
London Film Week: Jury Prize – Feature Film, and Best Film award winner!
Palm Springs International Film Festival: Best Foreign Language Film award winner!
Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards: Breakthrough Director award winner!

5 Stars! “brutal and brilliant film…Beanpole is moving, disturbing, overwhelming.” (The Guardian)

4/4 Stars! “astonishing sophomore feature effort of 28-year-old Russian director Kantemir Balagov, who utilizes color as artfully as any painter one can name…perfectly-pitched…extraordinary film” (

5 Stars! “Kantemir Balagov’s extraordinary second feature…An impactful script…its two female leads, and its 28-year-old writer-director have deservedly hoovered up some 14 major awards” (The Irish Times)

Set in post-WWII Leningrad as two female soldiers return from war and attempt to rebuild their lives in the ravaged city.
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