Director: Kantemir Balagov
Cast: Konstantin Balakirev, Andrey Bykov, Olga Dragunova, Timofey Glazkov, Ksenia Kutepova
Winner of the Best Film & Best Director at Un Certain Regard, 2019 Cannes Film Festival. 1945, Leningrad. World War II has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Although the siege – one of the worst in history – is finally over, life and death continue their battle in the wreckage that remains. Two young women, Iya and Masha, search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins. It is grim and hard, yet all the same a powerful cinematic experience, coupled with exemplary acting performances and, eerie sound effects. A must see!