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Interview - Kantemir Balagov - Beanpole


Interview: Kantemir Balagov – Beanpole

Interview: Kantemir Balagov – Beanpole

We sat down with director Kantemir Balagov at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival following the premiere of his sophomore film Beanpole in Un Certain Regard. The director speaks of the process of re-creating post-WWII Leningrad as well as the process of casting unknown lead roles. Although Balagov didn’t concoct his film as a direct homage, we discussed noted influences on the construction of the narrative, including Aleksey German and Larisa Shepitko. While Balagov doesn’t provide any exact details of future projects, he plans on his next film being a contemporary narrative after his two period pieces, which includes his 1999 set debut Closeness (Tesnota). Here is our interview: 

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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