Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Cast: Maryana Spivak, Alexey Rozon, Matvey Novikov
Language: Russian with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Russia-France-Belgium-Germany 2017 127 mins. (15)
Winner Jury Prize 2017 Cannes International Film Festival
Winner Best Film 2017 BFI London Film Festival
Winner Best Film 2017 Munich Film Festival
Released by Altitude Film Distribution
The searing new drama from Russian master Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan, Elena, The Return), LOVELESS is a razor-sharp portrayal of a marriage – and country – in a state of collapse.
Boris (Alexey Rozin) and Zhenya (Maryana Spivak) live together in the same Moscow apartment, but their relationship is all but over. Caught in a spiral of slanging matches and eager to be in the company of their new lovers, the only thing keeping them together is their 12-year-old son, Alyosha (Matvey Novikov). When he doesn’t come home one night, the couple are forced into an increasingly desperate search, further exposing the lack of empathy they now have for each other…
Shot with trademark precision, his stately compositions paired with taut moral narratives of greed and injustice, Zvyagintsev again proves to be the pre-eminent chronicler of his country’s 21st century malaise. Earning rave reviews at Cannes, where it topped the Screen International jury poll as best of the festival, LOVELESS is one of the must-see films of the year.