‘Loveless’ Producer on Differing Reactions to Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Oscar-Nominated Movie

Variety | 2/14/2018 | Leo Barraclough
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Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Oscar-nominated film “Loveless” opens in the U.S. on Friday via Sony Pictures Classics. Alexander Rodnyansky, the film’s producer, speaks to Variety about its reception at home in Russia and abroad, and his views on recent developments in the Russian film industry.

“Loveless” was recently nominated for France’s Cesar Awards, adding to its nominations for the Oscars, the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs, the British Independent Film Award, the Independent Spirits, and the European Film Awards. It is the only foreign film in the awards race to have received nominations in all of these contests. It was also awarded the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and best film at the BFI London Film Festival. The film, about a 12-year-old boy who disappears from his Moscow home while his middle-class parents are going through a bitter divorce, has received a positive response from audiences and critics alike, scoring 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and 89% on Metacritic, with Los Angeles Times’ Justin Chang describing it as “a searing, overwhelming film.”

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Zvyagintsev and Rodnyansky have just completed a tour of Britain and Ireland ahead of the film’s release in those territories. Rodnyansky remarks on the enthusiastic standing-room only audiences — including many young people — that greeted them. The same was the case in New York, he says, where the director was honored with a mid-career retrospective at MoMA last month.

Rodnyansky is pleased that the crowds on both sides of the Atlantic have wanted to speak about “the art of Zvyagintsev” and the film’s overall theme — the devastating effects of selfishness — rather than focusing specifically on Russia society itself. “They appreciate his talent, his sophisticated cinematic language and his ability to come up with a strong message,” Rodnyansky says. “The story of human selfishness is universal. It is much more than...
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