Magazine article Screen International

Russia Picks Andrey Zvyagintsev's 'Loveless' for Oscars

Magazine article Screen International

Russia Picks Andrey Zvyagintsev's 'Loveless' for Oscars

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Cannes Jury winner selected despite government criticism of director’s previous film.

‘Loveless’

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless has been selected as Russia’s entry for best foreign-language film at the 2018 Oscars.

The film was part of the official selection at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, winning the Jury Prize. Screen’s review described it as “a cruel, desolate, unforgiving image of Russia’s new middle class”.

Zvyagintsev’s previous film, Leviathan, was also submitted by Russia for the 2015 Oscars, where it made the five-film shortlist.

Read more: Oscar foreign-language film race 2018 - All the titles submitted so far

The director’s work is controversial in Russia. …

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