Magazine article Screen International

'Loveless' Director Andrey Zvyagintsev on Politics and Piracy

Magazine article Screen International

'Loveless' Director Andrey Zvyagintsev on Politics and Piracy

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Russian drama plays at Sarajevo Film Festival this week.

After previously collaborating on the Oscar-nominated Leviathan and Cannes Un Certain Regard jury prize-winner Elena, director Andrey Zvyagintsev and producer Alexander Rodnyansky team up once again on Loveless.

The film, which premiered in Competition at Cannes in May this year, follows a couple going through a divorce who must bond together to track down their missing son, who disappears during one of their bitter arguments.

Screen’s review from Cannes described the film as a “cruel, desolate, unforgiving image of Russia’s new middle class”.

Wild Bunch is handling sales, Sony Pictures Classics has the film for the US and Altitude has it for the UK. Sony also released Loveless in Russia on June 1, soon after its Cannes debut, where it clocked 334,000 admissions and grossed more than $1.5m.

Loveless plays in Sarajevo Film Festival’s Kinoscope strand on August 15 and 16, Screen caught up with director Zvyagintsev and producer Rodnyansky to talk about the making of the film. …

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