Russia’s laureate of Cannes Film Festival comments on situation in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

‘Loveless,’ the prize-winning film directed by Andrei Zvyagintsev, contains no political statements, director says
09:57, 29 May 2017

Andrei Zvyagintsev

There is no political message in Loveless, the film that won the award of the ongoing Cannes Film Festival. Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev, however, admits it was difficult not to draw any parallels between the movie’s plot and the current political and security situation in Ukraine – and many critics marked that.  

‘We mainly focused on how human relations work and how people come to terms. The main characters find themselves on a frontline: after 12-13 years of living together, their lives seem to back at the bottom of the ladder,’ Zvyagintsev said.   

According to him, it was difficult to let go of the current political events while working on the film, so many drew parallels between the plot and the situation in Ukraine.

‘That’s the story about people, about the lack of empathy, constant egoism and being self-contained. We never meant to turn it into a political statement. On the other hand, this background is absolutely obvious, so we could not help but use it,’ the director said.     

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