The multi award-winning new drama from Russian master Andrey Zvyagintsev (Elena, Leviathan, The Return), LOVELESS is a razor-sharp portrayal of a marriage – and country – in a state of collapse.
Loveless

Nelyubov
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Cast: Maryana Spivak, Alexey Rozin, Matvey Novikov, Marina Vasilyeva, Andris Keishs
Duration: 128 mins
Country of Origin: Russia

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Loveless

★★★★★
“A masterpiece. An eerie thriller of hypnotic, mysterious intensity.“
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

★★★★★
“As cool and seductive as polished flint. An opaque but pitiless critique on the director’s native Russia at large. The script, co-written by Zvyagintsev and his regular collaborator Oleg Negin, scrupulously extends to each of its characters the dignity of complexity, and both excellent leads repay the favour tenfold, investing what could have easily been petit-bourgeois caricatures – the preening shrew, the oafish office drone – with riveting sincerity and nuance.”
Robbie Collin, THE TELEGRAPH

“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.“
Stephanie Bunbury, THE AGE

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
OFFICAL SELECTION (RUSSIA) – 2018 ACADEMY AWARDS
NOMINEE – BEST MOTION PICTURE (FOREIGN LANGUAGE) – 2018 GOLDEN GLOBES

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.

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“We felt that Loveless was a very poetic and beautiful film. Dark and told with a fierce passion. Although the film concentrated on the intimate story of one family in Russia, it felt like a universal tragedy; one that we recognised as one of the world’s great sadnesses. The filmmaker elevated the personal to a social and political statement. A critique of our current psychological and political moment. Some of us felt the film a cautionary tale. An angry warning. And some of us saw it as a rallying call for the opposite of what the film is called.” – BFI London Film Festival Jury, headed by Andrea Arnold, in announcing LOVELESS as Best Film.

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