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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.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric 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. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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