Kantemir Balagov was born in Nalchik, Russia, in 1991. He graduated from Alexander Sokurov’s directing workshop at Kabardino-Balkarian State University in 2015. During his studies, he made several fiction and documentary films, which were selected for domestic and international festivals. He made his directorial debut in 2017 with Closeness, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard and was awarded the FIPRESCI prize and won two prizes including Best Debut for himself at the Russian Guild of Film Critics White Elephant Awards. His second feature, Beanpole, set in Leningrad in the immediate aftermath of WWII, was selected once more to screen at the Cannes Film Festival and was once again awarded the FIPRESCI Prize. Balagov also won Best Directing in Un Certain Regard. The film was Russia’s official submission for the Best International Feature Film Academy Award® and received his first APSA nominations for Best Feature Film and Best Screenplay.

Accolades

Kantemir Balagov and Alexander Rodnyansky and Sergey Melkumov
Best Feature Film, 2019

Beanpole (Dylda)

Best Feature Film, 2019

Beanpole (Dylda)

In the immediate aftermath of World War II, Leningrad has been left devastated, with its buildings demolished and citizens left in tatters both physically and…

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Kantemir Balagov and Alexander Terekhov
Best Screenplay, 2019

Kantemir Balagov and Alexander Terekhov

Best Screenplay, 2019

Kantemir Balagov and Alexander Terekhov

Beanpole (Dylda)

Kantemir Balagov was born in Nalchik, Russia, in 1991. He graduated from Alexander Sokurov’s directing workshop at Kabardino-Balkarian State University in 2015. During his studies,…

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Films

Beanpole
2019

Beanpole (Dylda)

Russian Federation
2019

Beanpole (Dylda)

In the immediate aftermath of World War II, Leningrad has been left devastated, with its buildings demolished and citizens left in tatters both physically and…

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