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RitterA simple message of admiration and thanks for your film "Elena" which I rented. My only two comments were that the hooligan scene at the end seemed unnecessary, as did the scene in the church [although much less so] and took away from an otherwise seamless and beautiful film. The cinematography, general timing and use of silence make this most creative - as does my predilection for things Russian.
Thank you again.
Please work hard to release Leviathan in the US as soon as possible. I watched The Return for the first time with my father (who I had a very bad relationship with growing up)and neither of us knew what it was going to be about. We were both stunned and moved. I force-feed your films to my friends and most of the time they like them. Again, please release Leviathan in the US--I'm dying to see it!
Tatiana SadovskaI'm very proud that someone, like Andrey, can reach and carry on deepest truth:
as a filmmaker, as a actor, as a screenwriter, as a Human of the Planet Earth, who got mission to share Art of Love for harmony, happiness and peace.
TATIANA SADOVSKA (fellow student)
Pedro SilvaMr. Zvyagintsev, I want to thank you for putting out movies like very few people do it nowadays. In an industry that has very little time (or money) for movies that don't seek success on the box office, it is refreshing to watch your films.
I am a fan of Russian Culture and became after reading for the first time Crime & Punishment. After reading most of Dostoyevsky's books, going through Tchekhov's, Turgueniev's, Gogol's, Solzhenitsin's and other writers works I finally started comprehending some of the Russian soul. After listening to Rachmaninov's Piano Concertos and Bortniansky's Choral Concertos, I got a deeper understanding of Russian identity. Finally, after watching the movies from Tarkovsky, Sokhurov, German and you, I feel I have a quite good understanding of the Russian Nature. And I worship, in every sense.
Hope you continue to produce fantastic movies, such as Vozvrashchenie, Izgnanie and Elena, and I'm very eager to watch Leviathan.
Kindest regards, from Portugal.
Vitor BarreiraDear Mr. Andrey Zvyagintsev, you are, probably, in the present time, my favourite filmmaker, not only in Russia (although I also like A. Sokurov, Boris Khlebnikov and Aleksei Popogrebsky) but also, in more broader sense, in Europe or within the Western World; I have all your feature films on DVD format – The Return (2003), The Banishment (2007), and Elena (2011) – and I am sure that they are masterpieces in their own right, even the Banishment, a film that was not well received by film critics in various newspapers, namely in the anglo-saxon space; I have no doubts about the creativity, aesthetic value and the superior craftsmanship of you as a film director and your team, namely the cinematographer Mikhail Krichman, and it would be nice if your new film, Leviathan, which was included in the main section of the 67th edition of Cannes Film Festival, would win the Palme d'Or. But even if Leviathan doesn't win that prestigious prize, or any other prize, which is not likely, you and your team will be not diminished; for me your value and the value of your team don’t depend on prizes granted by film festivals, your value are embedded in your films, which I like and which give me true cinematographic pleasure watching them. I am expecting to see Leviathan soon in the cinemas, and afterwards to buy it on the DVD format. Vitor Barreira, Lisboa, Portugal ***
I write you because I saw and loved all your movies. My wife who is Russian introduced me to your work. You are a fantastic artist.
Frédéric Alvarez (from Paris)
Frank HuylerDear Andrey,
I absolutely loved your film The Return.
HosseinDear Andrey, Thank you for your being.
Behzad MoloudI like your websayt.
nadiaDear Mr Zvyagintzev, I have read a month ago one of the truly great novels of all time "Anna Karennina" and after that i have watched all the movie versions that i found in the internet, it is such a pity that americans try to embody the russian soul, i was really disappointed. I beg you sir, if there is any chance could you make your own image of Anna Arkadievna, with the subtle rhythm and flavour of contemplation that your work has! thank you for the attention.