Don’t miss the BFI’s tribute to Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev this February. Highlights range from his astonishing debut The Return to Leviathan – winner of the BFI London Film Festival’s Best Film Award – to his most recent achievement Loveless which Peter Bradshaw described as an “eerie thriller of hypnotic, mysterious intensity” in The Guardian.

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A mini-season celebrating the work of the award-winning director ANDREY ZVYAGINTSEV, with the release of his new film Loveless (2017), which won the Best Film Award at 2017’s BFI London Film Festival. Zvyagintsev will appear onstage for an In Conversation event, as well as taking part in a Q&A following a preview of Loveless and introducing Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage (1973) which influenced his new film.


FRI 2 FEB, 20:40 – SPECIAL EVENT: Andrey Zvyagintsev in Conversation

SAT 3 FEB, 13:00 – SCREENING + INTRO: Scenes from a Marriage (Ingmar Bergman, 1973) / Onstage: director Andrey Zvyagintsev

SAT 3 FEB, 20:00 – FILM PREVIEW + Q&A: Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2017) / Onstage: director Andrey Zvyagintsev

MON 12 FEB, 20:30 – TALK: The Close-Up Salon: Andrey Zvyagintsev

For a full schedule of film screenings, please check BFI website.


In only five feature films, ANDREY ZVYAGINTSEV has crafted one of the most masterful and cinematically exquisite bodies of work in contemporary cinema and become the most acclaimed Russian filmmaker of his generation. Ahead of the release of his latest film Loveless (2017), a corrosive portrait of a couple whose son suddenly disappears, BFI Southbank will present a CLOSE-UP on Andrey Zvyagintsev’s work, running from Thursday 1 February to Thursday 22 February. This CLOSE-UP season is the first in a new BFI Southbank series, focusing on vibrant and important voices working in the industry today who have produced a small but significant body of work.

The CLOSE-UP kicks off on Friday 2 February with a special event Andrey Zvyagintsev in Conversation, in which audiences will be able to hear from the director about his work and influences, which include another director we celebrate this month – INGMAR BERGMAN. As part of the Bergman season Zvyagintsev will introduce a screening on Saturday 3 February of Scenes from a Marriage (Ingmar Bergman, 1973), which has greatly influenced his new feature Loveless. On the same day there will also be a preview of Loveless, which won the Best Film award at this year’s BFI London Film Festival, followed by a Q&A with the director; this event comes ahead of the UK-wide release of the film from Friday 9 February, from which date BFI Southbank will play the film on extended run. For audiences wishing to delve deeper into the director’s work, there will be a talk in the BFI Reuben Library on Monday 12 February. The event will see expert speakers discuss Zvyagintsev’s acclaimed dramas, considering the ethical, psychological and spiritual aspects of his emotionally complex work.

Also screening in the CLOSE-UP will be Zvyagintsev’s astounding debut film The Return (2003), about brothers Ivan and Andrey, who share a deep bond after being abandoned by their father, and are shocked when he returns after a 12-year absence. The Banishment (2007) is about a couple attempting to rekindle their failing marriage, when they are rocked by a startling revelation, while Elena (2011) tells the story of a former nurse and her rich husband who after a health scare decides to leave his entire estate to his hedonistic daughter from a previous marriage. The programme will be completed by Leviathan (2014) which won the Best Film Award at the BFI London Film Festival in 2014; temperamental mechanic Kolya sets off a cascade of misfortune when he asks his lawyer friend Dima to help him fight the case against the corrupt mayor of his small coastal town, who is trying to seize the land on which Kolya’s family home is built.

  • Date: 01 February 2018 - 22 February 2018
  • BFI Southbank Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
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