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Loveless

Andriej Zwiagincew
Nelyubov
Russia, France 2017 / 127’
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In an era of overproduction, it is rare to find a movie that we cannot stop thinking about. Loveless is just such a film, and faint-hearted viewers should be warned about what they can expect. At first glance, there does not seem to be anything threatening about it-there have been plenty of films dissecting broken marriages in the past. But few of them have been so precise in their dramatic structure, so carefully thought out and so emotionally charged as Zvyagintsev's Jury Award-winning film at Cannes. The film deals with a couple of thirtysomethings from Russia's new middle class. They share a beautiful, spacious apartment with their son, whose life becomes a living hell. The Russian director could have taken the easy way out by blaming the failure of their marriage on some sort of pathology. But the fact is that their transgressions are not related to alcohol, drugs, or gambling; rather, they simply do not love each other. And that is enough to create a moving drama with the bitter message that people do not change.

Artur Zaborski

awards

Cannes IFF 2017 - Jury Prize; International Cinephile Society Awards 2017 - Grand Prix

Andriej Zwiagincew

Andrey Zvyagintsev was born in Novosibirsk in 1965. After graduating from theater school, he performed minor roles at a local theater for young audiences. At the end of the 1980s, he moved to Moscow, where he graduated from the Acting Department at the famous Russian Academy of Theater Arts (GITIS). He started working in theater in the early 1990s and switched to television after 2000. The turning point in his career came with his full-length feature film TheReturn, a Golden Lion winner at the Venice International Film Festival. Today, he is one of the top directors in Europe. Thanks to his second film, TheBanishment, the Best Actor Award went to an actor from Russia for the first time in history at Cannes. His next film, Elena, won the Special Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard Competition at Cannes in 2011. In turn, Leviathan won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, making it the first Russian film ever to do so. Among its many other awards, it also took home the Best Screenplay Award at Cannes an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

Filmography

2003 Powrót / Wozwraszczenije / The Return

2007 Wygnanie / Izgnanie / The Banishment

2011 Elena

2014 Lewiatan / Leviafan / Leviathan

2017 Niemiłość / Nelyubov / Loveless

Cast & Crew

director Andriej Zwiagincew
screenplay Oleg Negin, Andriej Zwiagincew
cinematography Michaił Kriczman
editing Anna Mass
music Jewgienij Galperin
cast Marjanna Spiwak, Aleksiej Rozin, Matwiej Nowikow, Marina Wasiljewa
producer Siergiej Melkumow
production Non-Stop Productions, Why Not Productions, Arte France Cinéma, Les Films du Fleuve, Fetisoff Illusion
Polish distributor Against Gravity
language Russian
colouration colour