Jan 17, 2015

Vozvrashchenie (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003)

Labelled as heir to Tarkovskii, Andrei Zviagintsev has recently risen to fame as the winner of two Golden Lion Awards of the 2003 Venice IFF. Zviagintsev never trained as a director, but is an actor by profession; and this is debut film. Nevertheless, the critics’ and audience responses unanimously labelled Zviagintsev the new Tarkovskii, and compared the film The Return with Ivan’s Childhood, which had won the Golden Lion in 1962, largely because of the religious symbolism of the film and the construction of frames that imitate the compositions of renaissance depictions of Christ.

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