What happens when war is given a woman’s face—and body? The two Red Army vets in Kantemir Balagov’s second feature are women—striking and very young. Nurse Iya, nicknamed Beanpole because of her height, and Masha, a decorated war hero, explore sex, love, death, and procreation in Leningrad, bled white by the war. Enjoy the haunting daylight of the subpolar city; relish its rusty-red interiors inhabited by the heroines who seem to have walked off a Vermeer canvas (the sublime cinematography is by Ksenia Sereda). Beanpole offers period authenticity through the lens of the new generation. Winner of Best Director and the Fipresci prize at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard.

2019 TELLURIDE BY THE SEA SCHEDULE

Friday, September 20
5:30pm: Queues begin on Chestnut St.
5:45-6:55pm: Live Music on Street: The Fabulous JM 5
6pm: Doors open for Patron Passholders
7pm: Ford v Ferrari
Patron Passholder Party at La Maison Navarre following film

Saturday, September 21
9:30am: Spotlight on Adam Driver (Loft Series): Silence (2016)
1pm: Beanpole
4pm: Marriage Story
7:15pm: Motherless Brooklyn
Festival Party on Chestnut Street following film, with food provided by The Portsmouth Brewery; Music by DJ Skooch

Sunday, September 22
9-10:30am: Patron Passholder Brunch at The District
10:30am: Spotlight on Adam Driver (Loft Series): The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)
1:15pm: The Assistant
3:30pm: Spotlight on Adam Driver (Loft Series): Paterson (2016)
6:15pm: The Climb

ABOUT THE TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL

The Telluride Film Festival has been, for the last 45 years, a celebration of the art of film: honoring the great masters of the cinema, discovering the rare and unknown, bringing new works by the world’s greatest directors and the latest in American independent film to a small mountain town in Colorado. The New York Times called Telluride “the smallest, most original, and most stimulating of the major festivals,” while Entertainment Tonight simply said it was “the world’s best festival.”

ABOUT TELLURIDE BY THE SEA

The Music Hall and the Telluride Film Festival collaborate on an exclusive presentation of six new features, brought directly from their Colorado debuts. This unique and intimate Portsmouth event treats audience members from across the Northeast to an exclusive peek into the Telluride experience – packing one September weekend in Portsmouth with the latest international cinema, private parties, great music, delicious food, and inspired conversations with other cinephiles of all ages, tastes, and backgrounds. According to Patricia Lynch, executive director of The Music Hall, “Portsmouth is the perfect town for this perfect weekend. With its charming mix of history, salt air, and film lovers, Portsmouth buzzes when Telluride by the Sea arrives. The streets are filled with people stopping one another to talk about the films, the restaurants are jumping. It’s a moving party!”

Running Time: 2h 10m • Russia • Courtesy of Wild Bunch (with subtitles)