Best of the Fests


Directed by Kantemir Balagov

2019, 2h 10min, DCP, In Russian with English subtitles

Best of the Fests

AFS Cinema

6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 Austin, TX 78752


General Public
$11.25 evening / $9 matinee

$3 discounts for AFS MAKE & WATCH members. Free for LOVE & Premiere.

Winner of Best Director, Cannes Un Certain Regard. In the aftermath of World War II in Leningrad, a young nurse struggles with uncontrollable temporary paralysis, a remnant of unnamed war trauma. Soldiers begin to return from the front, and though the war has ended, it still has more cards to play.


A gorgeous, glacial exploration of lives permanently changed by war.” –  Kambole Campbell, Little White Lies

“Every so often in war movies, a woman is dropped into the story to express some vague idea about home and nation. There is no such figure in BEANPOLE… this movie tells a tough, unsparing story about war trauma, which seeps into souls and bodies and inevitably becomes — Balagov suggests — a generational bequest.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

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