Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev wins jury prize at Cannes

30 May 2017

Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev, best known for his 2014 Academy Award-nominated drama Leviathan, has won has won the jury prize at the 70th Cannes Film Festival for Loveless.

The film, which opened the Cannes film competition programme, centres on a couple in the midst of a divorce who must come together to search for their missing son.

“The main focus for us was the issue of how one person can live with another. The principal characters are practically on a battlefield: 12 — 13 years of conjugal life are behind them, and suddenly they find themselves with nothing,” Zvyagintsev said in a press statement after the jury's decision was announced.

The jury prize is Zvyagintsev's third award at Cannes. His 2011 film Elena won the Special Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section, while Leviathan won the Best Screenplay Award in 2014.

Also honoured at the awards ceremony on Sunday 28 May was Jeune Femme (dir.) Léonor Serraille, which took home the Caméra d’Or, while The Killing of a Sacred Deer (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos) and You Were Never Really Here (dir. Lynne Ramsay) won Best Screenplay. See the full list of winners here.

Source: The Moscow Times