LOVELESS
NELYUBOV
2017, Sony Pictures Classics, 127 min, Russia/France/Germany/Belgium, Dir: Andrey Zvyaginstev

A Jury Prize winner at Cannes, Andrey Zvyaginstev’s follow-up to Golden Globe winner LEVIATHAN offers a stark look at a failed marriage that echoes a broader malaise. As mismatched Moscow couple Zhenya (Maryana Spivak) and Boris (Aleksey Rozin) approach the end of their divorce, they debate what should be done with their 12-year-old son (Matvey Novikov), who doesn’t fit into either’s future plans. But when the boy vanishes, Boris and Zhenya are forced together in an increasingly desperate search for him. “With his devastating, finely layered new drama LOVELESS, Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev once again demonstrates his remarkable gift for creating perfectly formed dramatic microcosms that illustrate the bred-in-the-bone pathologies of Russian society.” - Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter.


LEVIATHAN
2014, Sony Classics, 140 min, Russia, Dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Crafted with novelistic detail and rich with allegory, this dark and ambitious film explores big ideas through intimate drama like the best work of Tarkovsky (though at a more accessible pace and leavened with humor). In a small coastal town in northern Russia, a corrupt mayor (Roman Madyanov) tries to confiscate the home of a man (Alexey Serebryakov) who suffers the trials of Job when he resists. Best Screenplay winner at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. “Huge monsters of the deep move under the surface of this powerful, craftily allusive and elusive film, the director’s best and most courageous so far.” - Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter. In Russian with English subtitles.


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