Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless” is in the running to be Russia’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming Academy Awards, the film’s producer told the Interfax news agency.
“We are sure we have a shot at [winning] an Oscar,” Alexander Rodyansky, the producer of Zvyagintsev’s last three movies, was cited as saying.
“Loveless” has received high praise and it was previously awarded the Cannes 2017 Jury Prize. The film focuses on a domestic quarrel but, like Zvyagintsev’s previous film “Leviathan,” has political overtones.
That film, about a man’s battle against corruption in Russia, was also a nominee for the 87th Academy Awards. Although it was partly state-funded, Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky publicly slammed the film for its dark subject matter and supposed lack of patriotism.
This time, “Loveless” was filmed without financial support from the government.