Russian drama ‘Loveless’ wins French Cesar award, beating ‘La La Land’ & ‘Dunkirk’
The renowned Russian director’s picture received the prestigious trophy from France’s Academy of Cinema Arts on Friday. The prize comes ahead of the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, where ‘Loveless’ is also nominated in the Foreign Language Film category.
In Paris, Zvyagintsev's drama beat six other contenders for the nomination, including Christopher Nolan's ‘Dunkirk’ – which will also be competing in eight nominations in this year’s Oscars – as well as Damien Chazelle's highly-acclaimed musical comedy-drama ‘La La Land,’ which won six US Academy Awards last year.
‘Loveless’ revolves around a Moscow couple in the process of a bitter divorce. As the pair strive to part ways as soon as possible, their 12-year-old son disappears after overhearing one of his parents’ rows.
The characters “remain in blindness, they are immature, childish. They think the ghost of happiness is looming somewhere beyond their habitat, somewhere else. This is something all of us live with, we all think that something awaits us,” the director said in an interview.
“The emotional goal [of the movie] is a wish that after watching it spectators would come home and would hug their dear ones,” Zvyagintsev said of his work. "It’s a call to be more sensitive to your husbands, wives, children and parents. You see it and wish to feel something different.”
Before getting the ‘French Oscar,’ the tense drama already nabbed the Cannes Jury Prize and two European Film Awards for best director and composer.
The 2018 entry in Oscars nominations marks the second time the Siberian-born director will contend for the accolade, after his 2014 dark social drama ‘Leviathan,’ with biblical and political undertones, lost out to the Polish movie ‘Ida.’