Russia

Kantemir Balagov

Director Kantemir Balagov, who’s a precocious 28 years old, follows “Closeness,” his lauded 2017 debut, with “Beanpole,” a powerful period drama.…

Michael Idov

In “The Humorist,” set in the midst of the collapsing U.S.S.R., the favorite stand-up comedian of the regime begins challenging censorship. Boris…

Sean Mullin

In “Kings of Beer” — directed by Sean Mullin (“Amira & Sam,” the winner of SLIFF’s 2014 New Filmmakers Forum) — a diverse group of elite…

Marianna Yarovskaya

“Women of the Gulag” tells the compelling and tragic stories of some of the last survivors of the Gulag, the brutal system of repression that…