Andrey Zvyagintsev, +18
Andrey Zvyagintsev, +18
A film written and directed by awarded Andrey Zvyagintsev, renowned for his acclaimed films Leviathan and The Return. The slow-burning mystery thriller that keeps the viewers nailed to their seats has won the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival 2017.
Cast: Maryana Spivak, Alexey Rozin, Matvey Novikov, Marina Vasilyeva, Andris Keishs, Alexey Fateev The Story: In Moscow, at the end of the school day, students are departing on their way home. One twelve year old boy, Alexey, decides to take an indirect path home rather than using the regular city streets. Alexey takes a path which leads him to walk by a local river in a wooded area just on the outskirts of town. He appears to be in no particular rush to get home. His parents, Zhenya and Boris, are in the midst of obtaining a divorce, with much animosity. They are portrayed as having divergent and incompatible personalities. Both are trying to form new lives in new relationships.
One day, it is discovered that the boy has disappeared from home, and his mother calls the police for assistance. At first, the police see this as the simple case of a runaway child and expect the boy to return home within a day or two. However, when Alexey does not return, a volunteer group specializing in the search for missing persons takes over the case and promptly initiates a preliminary search for the boy by sending the parents to estranged relatives in the hope of locating him. They are first sent to see if Alexey is at his mother's parents. Alexey is not there when they arrive, though their trip to visit her mother out of town is punctuated by tension between the estranged relatives and Boris is verbally berated and excoriated by Zhenya. On the return trip home, her verbal abuse escalates to the point that Boris discharges her on the rural roadway before they get back to town.
Accolades: The jury at Cannes awarded it the Jury Prize. When the Russian Oscar Committee was selecting a submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Loveless's political critics campaigned against it, but it remained a frontrunner due to the Jury Prize and positive reception in North America. In September, it was selected as the Russian entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards; the Academy shortlisted it for a nomination in December.
In Russian with English and Greek subtitles.
Duration: 127’, Suitable for 18+
With the collaboration of Pantheon Art Cinema
Media Sponsor: CYBC