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The D Word: Andrey Zvyagintsev To Present Bitter Pill in “Loveless”

Following in his four year process between film releases, after The Return (2003), The Banishment (2007), Elena (2011) and Leviathan (2014), Andrey Zvyagintsev is gearing up for his fifth feature film getting into some heady relationship territory in Loveless. The most exciting news in Screen Daily’s exclusive update from Wild Bunch’s Cannes slate comes in this morsel of info. Producers Alexander Rodnyansky and Sergey Melkumov (Leviathan) are teaming up with Why Not Productions.

Gist: This revolves around a couple going through a bitter divorce.

Worth Noting: He won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film but lost out to Paweł Pawlikowski’s Ida at the Oscars.

Do We Care?: Flawlessly executed Leviathan (winner of the Best Screenplay in Cannes) had been tipped by several critics to land the Palme d’Or — which went to Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep instead. Coming off his career best (read our Nicholas Bell’s ★★★★½ star review), we eagerly await this drama and are hopeful for a 2017 Cannes Film Fest showing.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top 3 from 2016: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt), Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

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