The Russian Film Beanpole Wins The American Film Critics Award 2020
Beanpole “Dilda” (2019), directed by Russian director, Kantemir Balagov , won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Film of 2020 directed in a foreign language (non-English).
Early December, the American newspaper “The New York Times” included the Russian movie “Dilda” (Rising Tall) on the list of the best films of 2020. As for the former US President, Barack Obama, he described “Dilda” as the best movie he saw in 2020.
It is noteworthy that the film “Dilda”, which tells the story of the difficult life of girls in Leningrad (now Petersburg) after the end of the Second World War, was included in the short list of films nominated for the Oscar. But he was not nominated for award.
In the shabby, dreary, numbed city of Leningrad in the autumn of 1945 two young women have found friendship and an intense bond in simply having together survived, in the pure happenstance of having avoided death – or wondering if they have in fact avoided it. Iya (Viktoria Miroshnichenko) is a tall, ethereal young woman who works as a nurse in a military hospital; her height and an odd baby-giraffe ungainliness has earned her the nickname “Dilda”, or “Beanpole”.