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Loveless: The Oscar nominated Russian tragedy | Cinema | Showcase


Russian parents who are in the midst of divorce,
come together for a mission. Their only son disappeared during one of his
parents terrible fights. Now the loveless couple have to find their
missing boy. “Loveless” has been Oscar nominated for Best
Foreign Language Film and its Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev has been speaking about
its background story. “It started when we read an article, about
the volunteers’ movement that was founded in 2010. It was quite a tragic story, told through
an interview with the founder of that institution, that movement. The guy was helping the the family of his
neighbors to look for a missing girl, who was found to have died just a few hours before
her body was discovered. So it shocked us and left an impression, it
made us think about a film. I must say that this story has relied on a
very good background because I was always wanting to come up with an idea for a movie
about a divorce, about a family in crisis and these stories came together and that’s
exactly how this film was born.” His first feature film “The Return” won the
prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2003. And over a decade later, his release “Leviathan”
not only won the award for Best Screenplay at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, but also
went on to be Oscar nominated. ”You know after we had such an experience
like we had with ‘Leviathan’ and now with ‘Loveless’, you get the feeling that you can’t get used
to that. When it starts, you understand that it’s not
possible to get used to it. It’s a completely unique feeling.” Acclaimed by some critics as an apocalyptic
study of a failed marriage whether or not “Loveless” overtakes it successful predecessor
with Oscar success, it’s definitely worth a watch.

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