Russian director Zvyagintsev’s new film set for Cannes

Andrei Zvyagintsev in Cannes, 2014.

Andrei Zvyagintsev in Cannes, 2014.

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'Loveless' is a portrait of modern society through family relations.

Award-winning Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev’s new movie will enter the fray at the 70th Cannes Film Festival in May. Loveless is set to compete in the Official Selection category, the main event of the festival, according to the event’s art director Thierry Frémaux – reports TASS.

"We are very proud that our movie was invited to take part in the competition of the world's most important film festival," said the movie's producer Alexander Rodnyansky. "Zvyagintsev is an outstanding Russian artist, recognized far beyond our country. Each of his movies becomes a big cinematic event."

The film is about a married couple who want a divorce. Their son disappears after an argument and the movie delves into themes touching on loss and modern day relationships. Loveless was directed and produced without state financial support. Before its official release, the movie set a sales record at the European Film Market and was bought for release in all major European countries.

At the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Zvyagintsev's movie Elena scooped the Special Jury Prize, while in 2014 his Leviathan won a prize for the best movie script.

Another Russian movie,  A Gentle Creature, directed by Sergei Loznitsa has also been entered for Cannes. While Closeness directed by Kantemir Balagov is included in the festival’s Un Certain Regard category.