Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page – even if it means threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alyosha. Until, after witnessing one of their fights, Alyosha disappears...

Film Credits

Original Title: Nelyubov
Country: Russian Federation, Belgium, Germany, France
Language: Russian
Duration: 127 min.
Directed by: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Written by: Oleg Negin, Andrey Zvyagintsev
Produced by: Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov, Gleb Fetisov
Director of Photography: Michail Krichman
Main Cast: Marianna Spivak, Alexey Rozin

About the Director

Andrey Zvyagintsev was born in 1964 in Novosibirsk and graduated from the acting program at the Russian University of Theater Arts (GITIS). He went on to take part in independent theater productions and had a few bit parts in TV shows and movies.
In 2003, Zvyagintsev shot his first feature film, THE RETURN, which became the cinema sensation of the year. A debut not only for the director but for the majority of the crew as well, it was accepted for the main competition at the Venice Film Festival, and won the top prize, the Golden Lion. His second film, THE BANISHMENT, was presented at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, where the lead, Konstantin Lavronenko, became the first Russian actor ever to receive the festival's Award for Best Actor. The international premiere of Zvyagintsev's third film, ELENA, took place in 2011 at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Special Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard competition program. His latest film LEVIATHAN participated in the official competition of 67th Cannes film festival and won the award for the Best Screenplay. LEVIATHAN also became the first Russian film since 1969 to win the Golden Globe award and was nominated for the Academy Award as the Best Foreign Film.