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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2017: #4. Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless


Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Writer: Oleg Nevin

One of the most notable contemporary Russian filmmakers, Andrey Zvyagintsev returns to the realm of the domestic drama for his fifth feature, Loveless. Penned by his usual writing partner Oleg Nevin, it features a couple on the brink of divorce following the disappearance of their preadolescent son. Having won the Golden Lion at Venice for his 2003 debut The Return, Zvyagintsev has been a regular name on the Croisette, premiering 2007’s The Banishment in competition (winning Best Actor), 2011’s Elena in Un Certain Regard (winning a Special Jury Prize), and 2014’s Leviathan back in the main completion (where it won Best Screenplay and went on to snag BAFTA and Oscar nods while winning a Golden Globe). Considering the negative backlash Zvyagtinsev received in his native Russia for Leviathan, this is an impressive turnaround time for the completion of a new project.

Cast: NA

Production Co./Producer(s): Arte France Cinema (Olivier Pere), Why Not Productions, Non Stop Production, Senator, Films du Fleuve

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.

Release Date: We’re assuming Zvyagintsev will bow for the third time in the main competition with this title at Cannes 2017.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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