Preview: Loveless with Director Q&A 15 (S)
A couple entangled in a messy divorce have no option but to join forces and search for their son when he disappears in the latest gem from the boldly imaginative Russian auteur Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan).
Still reluctantly sharing their apartment, Boris and Zhenya can’t wait to end their unhappy marriage and begin anew with their respective lovers. Such is their mutual dislike however, they’re oblivious to the terrible effect their constant arguments are having on their shy, lonely 12-year-old son Alyosha. When one day they discover that the boy has disappeared, they find themselves having to work together in dealing both with the police and with a group of volunteers who search for missing children. Wearied by the bureaucratic barriers involved in the search and focused on their own romantic, professional and hedonistic aspirations, the parents find themselves ill-equipped to deal with this time-consuming catastrophe. Desperate for love themselves, they seemingly have none to spare.
A stark, mysterious and terrifying story of spiritual catastrophe, Loveless is one of this year’s must-see films. Universally lauded by critics, Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s latest masterpiece confirms him as the pre-eminent chronicler of his country’s 21st century malaise and the greatest Russian filmmaker working today.
We’re delighted that director Andrey Zvyagintsev will be joining us for a Q&A after the screening with Birgit Beumers, Professor of Film Studies at Aberystwyth University and editor of New Russian Cinema Journal KinoKultura.