In a former mining town in North Ossetia, a young woman struggles to escape the stifling hold of the family she loves as much as she rejects. The film had its world premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival where it received the Un Certain Regard award.
Kira Kovalenko was born in Nalchik, Russia. She graduated from Alexander Sokurov’sdirecting workshop at Kabardino-Balkarian State University in 2015. Her directorial debut Sofichka premiered at the 2016 Tallinn International Film Festival. Unclenching the Fists is her second feature film.
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