Films

Loveless

Loveless, "Nelyubov"

Synopsis

Director

Faithful to his title, Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan) delivers a cruel, desolate, unforgiving image of Russia’s new middle class, ruled by selfishness, greed, frustration, envy, anger and anxiety.
Zhenia and Boris have had more than enough of each other, there is nothing to keep them together any longer, certainly not their 12-year-old son, Alyosha, whom they consider mainly as an impediment on their way to starting a new life with new partners. Neither one has much time to devote to their son until one morning they find out that he has disappeared, without leaving a trace. The main attribute here is the painstaking observation of characters and situations, whether that be Boris’ workplace, run like fundamentalist dictatorship, or

Zhenia’s mother spouting invectives against the whole world but mainly her daughter. And then, commentaries on the radio and TV heard in the background touch on everything from the state of the economy to the war in Ukraine, all offering an unflattering political landscape that everyone in the film seems to ignore as long as he or she is not personally concerned.

Splendidly shot in mid-winter by Mikhail Kritchman, Zvyagintsev’s regular cinema­tographer, in and around St. Petersburg (but carefully avoiding the picturesque historical center), the chill of the frozen nature spreads into humans as well, with Arvo Pärt’s music featured on the soundtrack, adding to the effect.

Dan Fainaru, Screen International

Andrey Zvyagintsev

(b. 1964, Novosibirsk, Russia) graduated from the Novosibirsk Actors School (1984) and from the GITIS acting faculty in Moscow (1990). He was involved as an actor in several stage projects and appeared in episodic roles in TV series and also in films. In 2003 he debuted with the feature film „The Return“, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice IFF and was awarded the title European Discovery of the Year at the European Film Awards in 2003. His next film „The Banishment“ was selected for the Cannes competition in 2007, where the actor in the lead role, Konstantin Lavronenko, won the Best Actor award. Zvjagintsev’s third feature „Elena“ screened at PÖFF in 2011. „Loveless“ is his fifth full-length feature.

Filmography

  • Vozvrashchenie (Tagasitulek, 2003)
  • Izgnanie (The Banishment, 2007)
  • Elena (Jelena, PÖFF 2011)
  • Leviathan (2014)
  • Neljubov (Loveless, 2017)

Schedule

20.11.2017
21:30 - 23:37
Tallinn, 
Kosmos IMAX
Hall IMAX
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 041502
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29.11.2017
21:15 - 23:22
Tartu, 
Athena keskus
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 132003
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30.11.2017
19:30 - 21:37
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 1
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 140801
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Programme

Screen International Critics' Choice

Film info

Countries: Russia, France, Belgium
Year: 2017
Duration: 127 minutes
Language: Russian
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Producers: Alexandre Rodnjanski, Sergei Melkumov
Writers: Oleg Negin, Andrei Zvjagintsev   
DOP: Mikhail Krichman
Montage: Anna Mass
Composer: Evgeni Galperin
Cast: Marjana Spivak, Aleksei Rozin, Matvei Novikov, Marina Vasiljeva, Andris Keishs
Productions: Non-Stop Productions, Fetisoff Illusion, Why Not Productions, Arte France Cinema
Distributor: Must Käsi
Festivals: Cannes (Juri Prize), Munich, Toronto, San Sebastian, London, Busan

Synopsis

Director

Faithful to his title, Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan) delivers a cruel, desolate, unforgiving image of Russia’s new middle class, ruled by selfishness, greed, frustration, envy, anger and anxiety.
Zhenia and Boris have had more than enough of each other, there is nothing to keep them together any longer, certainly not their 12-year-old son, Alyosha, whom they consider mainly as an impediment on their way to starting a new life with new partners. Neither one has much time to devote to their son until one morning they find out that he has disappeared, without leaving a trace. The main attribute here is the painstaking observation of characters and situations, whether that be Boris’ workplace, run like fundamentalist dictatorship, or

Zhenia’s mother spouting invectives against the whole world but mainly her daughter. And then, commentaries on the radio and TV heard in the background touch on everything from the state of the economy to the war in Ukraine, all offering an unflattering political landscape that everyone in the film seems to ignore as long as he or she is not personally concerned.

Splendidly shot in mid-winter by Mikhail Kritchman, Zvyagintsev’s regular cinema­tographer, in and around St. Petersburg (but carefully avoiding the picturesque historical center), the chill of the frozen nature spreads into humans as well, with Arvo Pärt’s music featured on the soundtrack, adding to the effect.

Dan Fainaru, Screen International

Andrey Zvyagintsev

(b. 1964, Novosibirsk, Russia) graduated from the Novosibirsk Actors School (1984) and from the GITIS acting faculty in Moscow (1990). He was involved as an actor in several stage projects and appeared in episodic roles in TV series and also in films. In 2003 he debuted with the feature film „The Return“, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice IFF and was awarded the title European Discovery of the Year at the European Film Awards in 2003. His next film „The Banishment“ was selected for the Cannes competition in 2007, where the actor in the lead role, Konstantin Lavronenko, won the Best Actor award. Zvjagintsev’s third feature „Elena“ screened at PÖFF in 2011. „Loveless“ is his fifth full-length feature.

Filmography

  • Vozvrashchenie (Tagasitulek, 2003)
  • Izgnanie (The Banishment, 2007)
  • Elena (Jelena, PÖFF 2011)
  • Leviathan (2014)
  • Neljubov (Loveless, 2017)