The siege of Leningrad during WWII took almost three years, and after it ended in 1945, it left the city and its inhabitants both physically and mentally in ruins. Looting, murders and cannibalism were a daily occurrence. Although one of the bloodiest sieges in the history of humankind is a thing of the past, life and death continue their battle. Two young women, Iya and Masha, strive to find a meaning of their existence again and build a new life amidst the rubble.
One of the greatest directing talents of today's Russia. His interest in photography and cinema led him to the Film Studies department, founded and run by director Alexander Sokurov. He debuted with Closeness, which earned him a FIPRESCI award at Cannes. His second feature Beanpole won the Best Director award in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes IFF.
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