Cannes: 'Leviathan' Director Returns With 'Loveless' (Exclusive)

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Wild Bunch is handling sales for Andrey Zvyagintsev's follow-up to his Oscar-nominated drama.

Russian auteur Andrey Zvyagintsev will follow up his Oscar-nominated Leviathan with Loveless, a drama about a Russian couple going through a vicious divorce.

The project, which Wild Bunch is shopping to buyers in Cannes, reteams Zvyagintsev with his crew from Leviathan, including screenwriter Oleg Negin, whose work on the pic won a best screenplay honor at Cannes in 2014. Leviathan's production designer Andrey Ponkratov, editor Anna Mass and sound designer Andrey Dergachev also will return for Loveless.

The new film focuses on Zhenya and Boris, an estranged couple in the midst of a nasty divorce who have both found new partners and are eager to start again, even if it means abandoning their 12-year-old son Alyosha. But after seeing one of their nasty fights, Alyosha disappears.

Zvyagintsev is staying with his Leviathan producers, Alexander Rodnyansky and Sergey Melkumov. who will work together with France's Why Not Productions. Pyramide Distribution has pre-bought the project for France.

Wild Bunch is handling sales in all territories outside France and the CIS.