37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024


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In 1924 two women, Iya, a nurse, and Masha, a recently returned soldier, struggle to reassemble their lives in the war-torn, paralyzed city of Leningrad, Russia. Director Kantemir Balagov loosely draws from the 1985 book The Unwomanly Face of War, written by Nobel Prize-winning author and historian Svetlana Alexievich, to create a cinematic world that allows women to examine the pain associated with the duality of suffering and resilience. This desolate narrative offers admiration of broken individuals attempting to rebuild, and even rediscovering themselves despite the contentious uncertainty for the state they have always called home.


Saturday, October 26


8:00 PM


St. Anne’s-Belfield School

Film Info

Director: Kantemir Balagov

Runtime: 139 min.

Year: 2019

Country: Russia

Language: Russian

Accessibility: Subtitles

Featuring: Viktoria Miroshnichenko, Vasilisa Perelygina, Andrey Bykov, Igor Shirokov, Olga Dragunova, Konstantin Balakirev, Ksenia Kutepova