Maryana Spivak (Zhenya), Alexey Rozin (Boris), Matvey Novikov (Alyosha), Marina Vasilyeva (Masha), Andris Keishs (Anton), Alexey Fateev (The Coordinator)
Non-Stop Productions (Russia), Why Not Productions (France) , Arte France Cinéma (France), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (Germany) Les Films du Fleuve (Belgium) , Fetisoff Illusion (Russia), Senator Film Produktion (Germany)
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Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page -even if it means threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alyosha. Until, after witnessing one of their fights, Alyosha disappears...
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
In 1990, Zvyagintsev graduated from the acting program at the Russian University of Theater Arts (GITIS), under the tutelage of Evgeny Lazarev. In 2003, Zvyagintsev shot his first feature film, The Return, which became one of the the cinema sensations of the year. It was a debut for the director and the majority of the crew. His second film, ,was presented at the 60th Cannes Film Festival, where the lead, Konstantin Lavronenko, became the first Russian actor ever to receive the festival's award for Best Actor.
The Banishment (2007)