The Film “Beanpole” by Kantemir Balagov Has Been Nominated for Oscar
The Russian movie "Beanpole" by Kantemir Balagov has been nominated for the Oscar Best Foreign Language Film Award. The head of the Russian Oscar Committee Vladimir Menshov told about it after the special Committee meeting in the Cinema House in Moscow, a tvbrics.com correspondent reports, with the reference to TASS.
The film directed by Kantemir Balagov and produced by Alexander Rodnyansky tells about two battlefield girlfriends who try to begin a new peaceful life in post-siege Leningrad after the Great Patriotic War.
The world premiere of the film competed for prize in the section "Un Certain Regard" of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. The picture has already been awarded twice: a prize for the best director’s work, and the prize FIPRESCI of the International Federation of Film Critics "For the Amazing Esthetics of Movie Language, And a Unique Story About a Post-War Injury".
It is the second Balagov’s work as a director. His debut picture "Closeness" also made great success: it won the FIPRESCI award, and a prize for the best direction at the Cannes Film Festival 2019, as well as the Grand Prix of the “Mirror” festival, and the Grand Prix of the Sakhalin International Film Festival.
Candidates for the Oscar Best Foreign Language Film Award are first named by the countries, and then some of them are being selected as nominees. Over the entire history of Oscar, Russian movies got this prize three times: in 1968 – for "War and Peace" by Sergey Bondarchuk, in 1981 – for "Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears" by Vladimir Menshov, and in 1994 – for "Burnt by the Sun" by Nikita Mikhalkov.
The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony will take place on February 9, 2020. The nominees will be announced in Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.