Set in Leningrad in 1945, Beanpole demonstrates how damaging a war may be, especially for the human psyche. Two young women search for meaning in their existence while trying to recreate their lives among the ruins. This was Russia’s submission for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film, and not without reason. The film contains incidents that are so unsettling that you’re longing to look away but are presented in such stunning cinematography that you simply can’t. This visual masterpiece is bound to leave an impression – long after you’ve left the cinema.
Beanpole is 27-year-old director Kantemir Balagov’s second feature-length film. It’s been nominated for many international awards, including the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Director in 2019.