Thomas H, Manhattan, Oct 7th 2019
Russian filmmaker Katemir Balagov screened his film Beanpole at the Main Slate of the NYFF last night and it’s very powerful. Set in Leningrad directly after World War 2, the film focuses on two young PTSD-afflicted women, Masha and Iya nicknamed Beanpole. They search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins. The film is very dark and difficult to digest, as it drifts further into these character’s trauma and madness, but is filled with searingly powerful moments of emotion.