Furthermore, inspired by Dutch Renaissance painters, his colour palette of reds, yellows and greens delivers a rather poetic vision of a devastated Leningrad in 1945 after WWII. Balagov graduated from the Kabardino-Balkar University, where he met his mentor, Alexander Sokurov – who directed cult film Faust
(2011) among many others –, but he also found inspiration in Russian writer and Nobel-prize winner Svetlana Alexievich, who wrote Unwomanly Face of War
in 2015. At the 30th edition of Stockholm Film Festival
, we sit down with Balagov to discuss his talent, his short but already awarded career and the unknown faces of war.