'Ferocious and extraordinary... You quite often have to remind yourself to breathe.' - Variety review by Jessica Kiang

'Kantemir Balagov’s extraordinary second film depicts the febrile friendship of two nursing women in a WWII Soviet hospice with impressive rigour and poetry.' - Sight&Sound review by Caspar Salmon

28-year-old Kantemir Balagov has marked himself out as a talent to watch, winning Best Director at Cannes (Un Certain Regard), for this achingly beautiful drama set in post-war Leningrad. Two young women, Iya and Masha, search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins. Remarkable central performances, painterly cinematography and striking production design compliment this brutal yet tender story of female friendship and post-war trauma.