Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021



Year: 2019
Country: RUSSIA
Run Time: 137 minutes


Iya, also known as BEANPOLE for her exceptionally tall stature, is a young nurse in a somber Leningrad at the close of World War II. Although the fighting has stopped, life among the ruins is persistently challenging. Iya spends her days looking after returning injured soldiers—some missing limbs, others completely paralyzed—and her evenings being an affectionate and patient caretaker to a three-year-old boy, Pashka. Coming out of the war with PTSD, Iya suffers from uncontrollable dissociative fits that leave her frozen in place, struggling to breathe, which shockingly causes the accidental death of the young boy. Still reeling from this tragedy, Iya reconnects with her wartime comrade, Masha. The two women share an unusual but close bond; Iya is awkward and shy with a sensitive heart, while Masha brings unbridled confidence. Together they support each other through encounters with men who have lost all sense of morality. The bleak shadow of war hangs over the city, making peacetime a feeble refuge from everyday horrors. Although an austere tale of rebuilding from the ashes, BEANPOLE is also one of vibrant color and finding the courage to live. (In Russian with subtitles) — D.O.

Russia’s Best International Feature Film Oscar® Submission

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 8:50 PM ET

Sunday, April 05, 2020 at 3:50 PM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

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George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition

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Principal Cast
Viktoria Miroshnichenko, Vasilisa Perelygina, Andrey Bykov, Igor Shirokov, Konstantin Balakirev

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