“Andrei Zvyagintsev’s Loveless is a stark, mysterious and terrifying story of spiritual catastrophe: a drama with the ostensible form of a procedural crime thriller. It has a hypnotic intensity and unbearable ambiguity which is maintained until the very end. This is a story of modern Russia whose people are at the mercy of implacable forces, a loveless world like a planet without the full means to support human life, a place where the ordinary need for survival has mutated or upgraded into an unending aspirational demand for status, money, freedom to find an advantageous second marriage which brings a nice apartment, sex, luxury and the social media prerogative of selfies and self-affirmation. But all of it is underpinned, or overseen, by intensely conservative social norms of Christianity, conformism and nationalism. (…) This is a film which confronts us with the most unthinkable of crises and perhaps also challenges the eternal piety and complacency of family life, that having children is a moral verity and duty which is somehow its own reward, which elevates by its very nature and goes beyond the requirement to show and to give love.” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)

Around The World in 14 Films 2017, presented by Liv Lisa Fries – in attendance of producer Alexander Rodnyansky

With the support of Bar TAUSEND


+++ Berlin Premiere +++

OF: Nelyubov
Country: Russia, France, Belgium, Germany 2017
Production: Non-Stop Productions, Why Not Productions, Arte France Cinema, WDR, Les Films du Fleuve
Cast: Maryana Spivak, Alexey Rozin, Matvey Novikov, Marina Vasilyeva, Andris Keishs
Format: DCP / colour
Length: 127 min.
Language: Russian OV / German subtitles
Distribution Germany: Wild Bunch Germany
Festivals: Cannes, Munich, Melbourne, Sarajewo, Brisbane, Telluride, Toronto, San Sebastián, London etc.
Awards: Cannes Jury Prize, International Cinephile Society Awards, Munich CineMasters Prize, London, European Film Awards 3 nominations etc.

“Loveless” is Russia’s 2018 Oscar® Entry (“Best Foreign Language Film”).