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Balagov, Kantemir
In post-WWII Leningrad, two women, Iya and Masha (astonishing newcomers Viktoria Miroshnichenko and Vasilisa Perelygina), intensely bonded after fighting side by side as anti-aircraft gunners, attempt to readjust to a haunted world. As the film begins, Iya, long and slender and towering over everyone—hence the film’s title—works as a nurse in a shell-shocked hospital, presiding over traumatized soldiers. A shocking accident brings them closer and also seals their fates. The 28-year-old Russian director Kantemir Balagov won Un Certain Regard’s Best Director prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for this richly burnished, occasionally harrowing rendering of the persistent scars of war. Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival.


Kino Lorber, 2020.; [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2020.

Title from title frames.; Film; In Process Record.

Andrey Bykov, Igor Shirokov, Konstantin Balakirev, Nazir Zhukov, Vasilisa Perelygina, Viktoria Miroshnichenko

Originally produced by Kino Lorber in 2020.

Mode of access: World Wide Web.

In English

Balagov, Kantemir, film director.; Bykov, Andrey, actor.; Shirokov, Igor, actor.; Balakirev, Konstantin, actor.; Zhukov, Nazir, actor.; Perelygina, Vasilisa, actor.; Miroshnichenko, Viktoria, actor.

Kino Lorber (Firm), dst; Kanopy (Firm), dst
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