First show: March 17
“A Masterpiece of Brutal Realism and Observant Drama” – Consequence Of Sound. "(This) Academy Award nominated film by Andrey Zvyagintsev of THE RETURN and LEVIATHAN has devastating power and haunting mystery" - James Verniere, Boston Herald.
“Boris and Zhenya a middle-class St.Petersburg couple, are finalizing an acrimonious divorce, with their escalating accusations of misdeeds real and imagined inflicting severe pain on their teenaged son Alyosha. But an awful crisis brings aid to the couple, thanks to an unexpected bolt of generosity from a group of good Samaritans. Writer-director Andrey Zvyagintsev, working again with co-writer Oleg Negin, follows his acclaimed, worldwide hit LEVIATHAN with another tale that, like the masterworks of the great 19th century Russian novelists, folds the detailed tragi-comic sense of an entire society’s moral collapse into a story of private grief. At the film’s core are the performances of Spivak and Rozin, who brilliantly display the couple’s furious bewilderment, making LOVELESS simultaneously riveting and devastating, an indispensable addition to the Russian canon.” – Telluride Film Festival.
Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. Written by Andrey Zvyagintsev & Oleg Negin. With Alexei Rozin, Maryana Spivak, & Matvey Novikov. RussiaFrance-Belgium-Germany. In Russian with English subtitles. Rated R (for “Strong sexuality, graphic nudity, language and a brief disturbing image.”) 2017. 127 mins.