Loveless (Nelyubov)


Century Larkspur 2 Tue, Oct 10, 2017 6:00 PM
Sequoia 1 Fri, Oct 13, 2017 3:00 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:127 min.
Director:Andrey Zvyagintsev
Producer:Gleb Fetisov
Sergey Melkumov
Alexander Rodnyansky
Screenwriter:Oleg Negin
Andrey Zvyagintsev
Cinematographer:Mikhail Krichman
Editor:Anna Mass
Cast:Yanina Hope
Aleksey Rozin
Maryana Spivak
Print Source:Sony Pictures Classics
Note Writer:Tim Grierson


Oscar-nominated Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan) delivers some devastating scenes from a marriage in Loveless, a meticulous, absorbing drama that won the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Boris (Alexey Rozin) and Zhenya (Maryana Spivak) are a contentious husband and wife anxiously looking forward to finalizing their divorce—both of them have new lovers and new lives awaiting them—but they’re forced to spend time together after they belatedly realize that their 12-year-old son has gone missing. Loveless works as both an elegant police procedural and a spellbinding dissection of a faltering relationship with Rozin and Spivak delivering nuanced, fascinating portrayals of deeply flawed individuals. One of the most compelling talents in contemporary Russian cinema, Zvyagintsev’s mesmerizing vision makes this portrait of a miserable couple sifting through the wreckage of a failed marriage one of the most highly touted films of the year.

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Andrey Zvyagintsev was born in Novosibirsk, Russia. He graduated from the acting program at the Russian University of Theater Arts, under the tutelage of Evgeny Lazarev. Zvyagintsev’s first feature film, The Return, won the Golden Lion and Best Debut awards at the Venice Film Festival in 2003. His second film, The Banishment, and his third film, Elena, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 and 2011, respectively. Elena was awarded the Special Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard competition program. Zvyagintsev’s most recent film, Leviathan, won the award for Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, and was the first Russian film since 1969 to both win a Golden Globe and be nominated for the year’s Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.