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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.
The scene with women working in the field at the end of Izgnanie really shifted the whole film for me onto the wider level. It reminded me of my grandmother who worked pregnant in the field until the day she gave birth to my aunt (my mother was born in the winter) and of one of the greatest qualities of women - sacrifices they are willing to make.
Thank you for your beautiful films and please don't give up the process of taking time to make careful and elaborate plans for filming new material because the work and the time invested is visible.
Greetings from Serbia,
via fChThe Return is a film to which I don't want to return, yet it stays with me.
Elena is in a class of its own. BTW, the first 2:52 minutes are the best set up for this Bach-like exercise in rhythm, or the perception of TIME.
laertesdear andrey, i am watching your movies over and over, and every time i find new aspects that make my watching experience a different again and again. not only is it a breathtaking aesthetical view on the outer world, but also a journey through man's inner world. i am looking forward to seeing more films by you in the future, and so do my friends who i made acquainted with your ouevre, too, and who are as fascinated as i am. best greetings and a big thank you from germany! yours gratefully laertes