Ever since his first international success, "The Return" (2003, Venice Golden Lion), Andrey Zvyagintsev has focused on portraits of family life in Russia, attacking it in each one of his films from a different angle, in order to deliver yet another aspect of present day Russian society. This time, it is a couple of well-to-do professionals who have had enough of each other, who decided to divorce and have already aligned for themselves their future partners in life. The only thing they apparently forgot is their 12 years old son, who refuses to accept their decision and one day disappears without leaving a trace. Shocked for the first time by a kid neither one of them really wanted very much, they find themselves helpless to find him, all the official institutions hide behind ready-made excuses and only a group of voluntaries is willing to lend a helping hand. "Loveless" won Cannes' Grand Jury Prize for 2017.
Andrey Zvyagintsev (born 1964 in Novosibirsk) studied acting and moved later to Moscow, hoping to find there more interesting and exciting work. Instead he had to survive for some eight years on meager supporting parts on TV series, until he was offered the chance to direct several episodes in a popular TV series. His first feature, "The Return" (2003) was an international sensation, his second film, "Banishment" (2007) got its lead actor, Constantin Lavronenko, the acting award in Cannes, next he made "Elena" (2011), the enormously successful "Leviathan" (2014) which got a script award in Cannes and the Golden Globe of the year for best foreign film and "Loveless", once again in the Cannes competition, to be awarded its Grand Prix.
Screened at the 6th Arava International Film Festival (2017)