7:30 PM, 16th August, 2018
Presented in partnership with the Embassy of the Russian Federation
This new drama from Andrey Zvyagintsev, one of Russia’s most prominent modern filmmakers, portrays a family in a deep crisis. The relationship between Boris (Rozin) and Zhenya (Spivak) is on the verge of collapse. The couple is facing a messy divorce, eager to disengage as soon as possible and embark on new lives with new lovers. Their 12-year-old son Alyosha (Novikov) turns out to be an unloved remnant of a toxic past, an onerous burden that neither parent is willing to bear.
But when they discover that Alyosha has disappeared after witnessing one of their fights, and that no one has seen him for two days, the estranged couple set out together to find him.
Loveless has received many accolades – an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, among others – but it’s not an easy film. Instead, this thought-provoking experience leaves the audience with nagging questions about their own lives and decisions. Zvyagintsev doesn’t offer neat and tidy solutions, but as the film plays out, one thing becomes clear: no one can live loveless.