Andrey Zvyagintsev is a household name in Russia. One of the country’s most acclaimed film directors his portrayals of life in Putin’s Russia are unflinching, unremitting and unforgettable. No wonder the authorities have fallen out of love with him. They refused to help fund his latest film Loveless about a divorced couple in a bleak country. But that didn’t stop the film from winning the Jury prize at Cannes and a nomination at the Oscars for best foreign film.