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, and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Langague Film, LOVELESS is one of the must-see films of the year.
“Tensely gripping. Zvyagintsev manages to turn the story of one couple’s failings into a metaphor for all of Mother Russia, with her acquisitive aspiring capitalists, moralising church figures and rotten officialdom. The results are devastating.“ THE AGE
NOMINEE – BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM – 2018 ACADEMY AWARDS
NOMINEE – BEST MOTION PICTURE (FOREIGN LANGUAGE) – 2018 GOLDEN GLOBES
WINNER – JURY PRIZE – 2017 CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER – BEST FILM – 2017 BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER – BEST FILM – 2017 MUNICH FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER – BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – 2017 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2017 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL