The 27-year-old Russian stage director, known for “Tightness”, won an award for his second full-length film, Dilda.
The debut work of Kantemir Balagov, “Tesnota”, in 2017 also participated in the section “Special Look” at the Cannes Film Festival and received the prize of the International Federation of Film Press FIPRESCI.
“Dilda” tells about two girls who fought in the Great Patriotic War, and after it ended, they returned to Leningrad and faced difficulties in a peaceful life.
The script of the picture is partly based on the book “The War doesn’t have a female face” by Svetlana Aleksiyevich, a Belarusian writer and Nobel Prize winner in literature.
Along with Cantemir Balagov, Quentin Tarantino also took the prize at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. The director received the “Palm Dog” – an award that is given to the dogs for roles in the competitive film.
In the case of Quentin Tarantino, the prize went to pitbull Brandi, who played in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” According to the director, he will not give the Brandy Award and put the “Palm Dog” on his mantelpiece.