2019, Russia, 136 min., 18+
director Kantemir Balagov
scriptwriters Kantemir Balagov, Alexander Terekhov
sirector of photography Ksenia Sereda
production design Sergei Ivanov
music Evgeni Galperin
editing Igor Litoninsky
producers Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergei Melkumov
cast Victoria Miroshnichenko, Vasilisa Perelygina, Andrei Bykov, Igor Shirokov, Konstantin Balakirev, Ksenia Kutepova, Olga Dragunova, Timofei Glazkov

awarded Un Certain Regard - Best Director (Kantemir Balagov) and FIPRESCI, Cannes Film Festival (2019)
The sprawling city that just survived the war and the long siege looks like a terminally ill person. Death and life are yet to finish their battle here. People look better than the city, but in reality each one of them is ruined inside in its own way. Iya and Masha, two young women, try to rebuild their lives in a city ravaged by war as they search for meaning in their struggles.
Director. Born in Nalchik in 1991. In 2015 completed his training in the director's workshop of A. Sokurov at the Kabardino-Balkarian State University named after K. Berbekov. During his studies he made some fiction and documentary films, which took part in various domestic and international events. His short "First Me" (2014) was included in the almanac "Global Russians". "Closeness", Balagov's feature debut (2017), participated in the Cannes Film Festival in the section Un Certain Regard and was awarded the FIPRESCI prize. It continued to win numerous awards at Russian and international festivals, including the Dondurei Prize of the Russian Guild of Film Critics and Film Scholars at Kinotavr 2017. "Beanpole", his second feature, has been included in the official selection for the 72nd edition of the Cannes film festival in the programme Un Certain Regard.

Kantemir Balagov