Sony Pictures Classics Acquires North and Latin American Rights to Russian Film ‘Loveless’

Cannes 2017: Russian language film is set to premiere Thursday

Last Updated: May 17, 2017 @ 3:29 PM

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North and Latin American rights to Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless,” SPC announced Wednesday.

The Russian language film is set to premiere In Competition at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival on Thursday.

SPC and Zvyagintsev previously worked together on “Leviathan,” which was the winner of Best Screenplay at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Golden Globes and was Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. “Loveless” also marks the third partnership between Zvyagintsev and producer Alexander Rodnyansky.

“Loveless” follows Zhenya and Boris who are going through a vicious divorce. Both are already starting new lives with new partners and are so impatient to start over again that they are threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alyosha. But when Alyosha witnesses one of their fights, he disappears.

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

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“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 in a statement.

Sony Pictures Classics added, “There is no more timely film than ‘Loveless.’ Andrey is one of the world’s finest directors in peak form here. It is just great to be in business again with him and Alexander following our success together with ‘Leviathan’ a few years ago.”

CAA brokered the deal with SPC on behalf of Wild Bunch.