Andrey Zvyagintsev is a Russian film director and screenwriter born on February 6, 1964 in Novosibirsk.
Zvyagintsev makes cold, chilly, slow-burning movies, full of angry, despondent characters for whom events always turn for the worse. He is also an ardent critic of the current political and economic system in Russia.
- The Black Room (2000, TV series)
- The Return (2003)
- The Banishment (2007)
- New York, I Love You - "Apocrypha" (2009) note
- Experiment 5IVE - "Mystery" (2011)
- Elena (2011)
- Leviathan (2014)
- Loveless (2017)
Tropes applying to his works:
- Awful Wedded Life: Several of his films feature unhappy married couples.
- Crapsack World: Zvyagintsev does not think much of contemporary Russia, to say the least.
- Downer Ending: His last three films definitely don't end well.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The Return, which is a completely apolitical parable.
- From Bad to Worse: For his characters in Elena, Leviathan and Loveless.
- Leave the Camera Running: As his teachers did.
- One-Word Title: Played very straight with most of his films.
- Reality Has No Soundtrack: Averted. Bressoniac as he might be, he usually illustrates the events by eerie music.
- Spiritual Successor: To his inspirations, Robert Bresson, Michelangelo Antonioni, Ingmar Bergman and Andrei Tarkovsky.