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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements



2019, Kantemir Balagov, Russia, 138 min.
With Viktoria Miroshnichenko, Vasilisa Perelgina

Show Times

  • Fri, Feb 28th 3:30pm
  • Fri, Feb 28th 7:45pm
  • Sat, Feb 29th 2:30pm
  • Sun, Mar 1st 4:30pm
  • Mon, Mar 2nd 7:30pm
  • Tue, Mar 3rd 6:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 4th 7:30pm
  • Thu, Mar 5th 6:00pm
First Chicago run!

“Ferocious and extraordinary…you quite often have to remind yourself to breathe.”—Jessica Kiang, Variety

“Brutal and brilliant…Balagov is a fiercely individual and quite staggeringly accomplished talent.”—Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

With almost mystical power, love and death cement the codependence of two Russian women in 1945 Leningrad amid the devastation of war, in a film hailed as a major work at festivals including Cannes and Toronto. Former comrades at the front, Iya (Miroshnichenko), a tall ghostly-pale woman nicknamed Beanpole, and her brusque, pragmatic friend Masha (Perelgina), each coping with the legacy of psychic trauma, negotiate a delicate dance of a relationship that centers around the death of Masha’s child and the strange deal with the devil that she proposes to Iya. Director Balagov (CLOSENESS), winner of the Un Certain Regard Best Director prize at Cannes, demonstrates a masterfully poetic command of sound and image that recalls the work of his mentor Alexander Sokurov. Dark and evocative color-blocking and a strategic use of silence contribute to creating a world apart that seems suspended magically in its own time and place despite the grim aftermath of war. In Russian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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