Kantemir Balagov’s BEANPOLE at BAM through March 11

March 2, 2020 | Katelin Levy

Viktoria Miroshnichenko in a scene from Beanpole, courtesy Kino Lorber

The acclaimed Russian post-WWII drama Beanpole, directed by 28-year-old Kantemir Balagov — who won Un Certain Regard’s Best Director prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival for this “richly burnished, occasionally harrowing rendering of the persistent scars of war” — is still screening at the Film Forum in Manhattan through March 5th and at BAM in Brooklyn through March 11th. The main protagonists are Iya and Masha (newcomers Viktoria Miroshnichenko and Vasilisa Perelygina), who are intensely bonded after fighting side by side as anti-aircraft gunners. In the aftermath of the war, they attempt to readjust to a haunted world, but a shocking accident brings the two women even closer together and also seals their fates.

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