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From 'Leviathan' director another damning portrait of Russia

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/18/2017 By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer
From left, director Andrey Zvyagintsev, actors Maryana Spikav and Alexei Rozin pose for photographers during the photo call for the film Loveless at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press From left, director Andrey Zvyagintsev, actors Maryana Spikav and Alexei Rozin pose for photographers during the photo call for the film Loveless at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

CANNES, France (AP) — After his Oscar-nominated film "Leviathan" was deemed "anti-Russian" by Russia's Minister of Culture, director Andrey Zvyagintsev has returned to the Cannes Film Festival with an equally bleak a critique of Russian society.

Director Andrey Zvyagintsev poses for photographers during the photo call for the Loveless, at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press Director Andrey Zvyagintsev poses for photographers during the photo call for the Loveless, at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Zvyagintsev was to premiere his fourth film, "Loveless," on Thursday in Cannes, where "Leviathan" won best screenplay three years ago. That film, which also won a Golden Globe, was made with Russian state funding and prompted Russia's culture minister, Vladimir Medinsky, to refuse any further state financing for Zvyagintsev's films.

From left, actor Alexei Rozin, director Andrey Zvyagintsev and actress Maryana Spikav pose for photographers during the photo call for the film Loveless at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press From left, actor Alexei Rozin, director Andrey Zvyagintsev and actress Maryana Spikav pose for photographers during the photo call for the film Loveless at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

"Loveless" was instead made with international support. The film is ostensibly about a couple bitterly divorcing, whose young son goes missing. But "Loveless" is filled with state news reports and other sometimes subtle, sometimes blatant references that suggest Russia's politics has bankrupted its society.

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