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 Post subject: Andrey Zvyagintsev
PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:12 pm 
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Andrey Zvyagintsev (1964-)

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Filmography

Возвращение / Vozvrashchenie / The Return (2003)

Изгнание / Izgnanie / The Banishment (2007)

Apocrypha (2009) - short made for, but not included in New York, I Love You (2008)

Елена / Elena (2011)

Тайна / Tayna / Mystery (2011) - short

Левиафан / Leviafan / Leviathan (2014)

Нелюбовь / Loveless (2017) - in production

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The Banishment

New York, I Love You

Elena

Leviathan

Russian Films & Filmmakers

100 Russian and Eastern European Classics project

Zeitgeist Films

Web Resources

Andrey Zvyagintsev official page

Andrey Zvyagintsev's own top 10 list for Sight and Sound

Social Media page in VKontakte (in Russian)

Nationalism: On and Off the Screen - Senses of Cinema article on Leviathan

Film of the week: Leviathan - Ryan Gilbey's review of Leviathan in Sight and Sound

Releases

The Return - blu-ray in region A from Kino Lorber to be released in 2017; DVD in region 1 from Kino and in region 2 in UK from Fox
The Banishment - blu-ray in region A from Kino Lorber to be released in 2017; DVD in region 2 in UK from Artificial Eye
Apocrypha - short is included as extra in New York, I Love You blu-ray in region A from Palm Pictures / Vivendi Entertainment (is SD only)
Elena - blu-ray in region A from Zeitgeist; blu-ray in UK in region B from New Wave Films; blu-ray in Russia in region C from Carmen Video
Leviathan - blu-ray in region A from Sony Pictures; blu-ray in UK in region B from Artificial Eye


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 Post subject: Re: Andrey Zvyagintsev
PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:17 pm 
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A new interview with info about his latest film, Loveless.

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 Post subject: Re: Andrey Zvyagintsev
PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:37 am 

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Great interview, thanks for sharing!


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 Post subject: Re: Andrey Zvyagintsev
PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 8:19 pm 
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Russian-language trailer for Loveless


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 Post subject: Re: Andrey Zvyagintsev
PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:58 am 
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For its first hour or so, Loveless was in serious danger of becoming my favorite film of the year: Zvyagintsev's excellent visual sensibilities directed at emotionally wrenching scenes and characters laden with subtext and commentary had me fully entranced. Unfortunately, where the first half of the film deeply investigates the members of a family for whom "dysfunctional" is an insufficient description - more like "bilious self-loathing projected onto others like sulfuric acid" - the latter half becomes a procedural that only intermittently digs further into the core characters, and ultimately comes a little short of consistently maintaining the power of the early scenes. I was particularly stunned by Maryana Spivak's fascinating, devastating lead performance as Zhenya, a wife and mother intent on abandoning those roles and immersed in anything that distracts her from them.

I loved Leviathan a few years ago, and Zvyagintsev's followup only confirms that he is a master at unflinching diagnoses of the rot in contemporary society; his perspective is distinctly Russian, but the films feel universal in their provocative dissections of corruption, callousness, and institutional failure. The fact that his and cinematographer Mikhail Krichman's careful compositions and stark imagery make his film's consistently among the most visually stunning in any given year certainly help the painful, bitter content of his films go down more smoothly, if not with any less bite.

Can anyone recommend any worthwhile home video options for Elena or The Banishment? I'd love to cover the rest of Zvyagintsev's filmography, but lower quality/non-HD transfers don't seem like they'd be worth it given how important the visuals are to his work.


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 Post subject: Re: Andrey Zvyagintsev
PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:12 pm 
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Elena has impressive BD editions in both the US and UK.


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 Post subject: Re: Andrey Zvyagintsev
PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:52 pm 

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I also hope you've seen the terrific The Return? I haven't seen anything but that and Leviathan, but both are wonderful (and Return might be my favorite thus far)


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