Cannes: Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Russian-Language Competition Drama 'Loveless'

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'Loveless'

The film marks the follow-up collaboration between director Andrey Zvyagintsev and the specialty label, which released his 2014 Cannes breakout 'Leviathan.'

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all rights in North America and Latin America to Andrey Zvyagintsev's Russian-language drama Loveless.

The film, which will make its world premiere in competition at Cannes on Thursday night, marks the follow-up collaboration between Zvyagintsev and the specialty label, which released his 2014 Cannes breakout Leviathan. That film won the best screenplay award at the fest and was nominated for the best foreign-language film Oscar.

Loveless revolves around Zhenya and Boris, who 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.

Written by Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin, the pic was produced by Non-Stop Production (Russia), Fetisoff Illusion (Russia), Why Not Production (France), Les Films du Fleuve (Belgium) and Senator Film Production (Germany) with support from Eurimages, Arte, Canal+, WDR and Cine+.

Loveless also marks the third partnership between Zvyagintsev and producer Alexander Rodnyansky.

"I am very pleased to be working with the excellent team at Sony Pictures Classics again; they were sensitive and inspired in their tremendous efforts on Leviathan, and I look forward to our new collaboration," Zvyagintsev said Wednesday in a statement.

Added Rodnyansky: "Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and the outstanding team at SPC are the gold standard of American distribution for our films. We are thrilled to be working with them once again."

The deal was negotiated by Wild Bunch and CAA. Wild Bunch is handling international sales.

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