Leytonstone Pop-Up Cinema is proud to present the following screening:
The Return (12)
Dir: Andrei Zvyagintsev (2003) Russia; 105 min.
‘A quiet and disquieting masterpiece which gets under your skin and stays there long after you leave the cinema’ David Hughes, Empire
Two teenage Russian boys have their father return home suddenly after being absent for 12 years. The father takes the boys on a holiday to a remote island on a lake in the north of Russia that turns into a test of manhood of almost mythic proportions. *
Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, The Return is an absorbing and enigmatic coming-of-age drama that propelled first-time director Andrei Zvyagintsev to the forefront of Russia’s contemporary arthouse scene.
‘Forty years after Andrei Tarkovsky became the first Soviet director to win the top prize at the Venice Film Festival (for Ivan’s Childhood), his compatriot Zvyagintsev repeated his success with this astonishingly accomplished debut. The Return contains note-perfect elements – unfussy acting, unhurried direction, sublime cinematography and low-key music – which conspire to draw the audience into a deceptively simple story with numerous hidden depths. .’**
You can watch a clip of the film here.
(*) Internet Movie Database
(**) Empire online