Contemporary Russian filmmaker, winner of the Golden Lion 2003 at Venice film festival
|Andrei Zvyagintsev and "The Return" star Ivan Dobronravov, 14, accepting the Golden Lion 2003. |
The triumph of Andrei Zvyagintsev's "The Return" came a year after Andrei Konchalovsky took the Venice Grand Jury prize with "Dom Durakov" (House of Fools). The film is one of several recent films indicating that the Russian movie industry has emerged from the trough of despond it sank into following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
International critics were breathless in their praise of Zvyagintsev's film, drawing comparisons with Andrei Tarkovsky.
"Sublime," said the London Guardian. "A masterpiece," said Rome's Corriere dela Sera."Astonishing maturity," said Liberation in Paris.
Russian media were no less hyperbolic once the Venice result was known, and for film critic Kirill Razlogov, speaking on Moscow Echo radio, the result shows "that Russian cinema has arrived and, importantly, so has a new generation."