Andrey Zvyagintsev, Oscar-Nominated ‘Loveless’ Director, to Helm Russian Oligarch Movie ‘Jupiter’ for Anonymous Content
Andrey Zvyagintsev, the two-time Oscar-nominated Russian filmmaker of “Loveless” and “Leviathan,” will next direct “Jupiter,” a politically-minded movie set to shoot in Spain and France next spring
Elsa Keslassy|28 September 2023
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The movie will tell the story of a Russian oligarch’s reckoning with the harsh reality of his family’s future.

Anonymous Content and Lorem Ipsum Entertainment (“War on Everyone”) are producing “Jupiter” alongside Les Films du Losange (“A Silence”) in France and Elastica Films (“Anatomy of a Fall”) in Spain. Zvyagintsev will reteam with his regular crew, including cinemtographer Mikhail Krichman and production designer Andrey Ponkratov, who worked “Loveless” and “Leviathan.”

“Jupiter” is set in the seemingly impenetrable world of the ultra-wealthy and is being described by the producers as an “unrelenting exploration of power and corruption.”

Zvyagintsev said “Jupiter” will be a “very modern story” which “goes beyond today’s political context.” “The nature of absolute power is a universal theme, and through this prism we can look at any cultural landscape or historical era,” Zvyagintsev continued.

The celebrated screenwriter-director explored the darker side of contemporary Russian society in his two most recent films, “Loveless” and “Leviathan,” both of which competed at Cannes and earned Oscar nominations. Along with winning Cannes’ Jury Prize, “Loveless” also won the César Award for best foreign-language film in 2018, making Zvyagintsev the first Russian director to win this award. His previous films, “Elena” and “The Return,” won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes and the Golden Lion at Venice, respectively.

“Jupiter” marks Zvyagintsev’s first film since he was hospitalized in 2021 for severe COVID-19 complications. Since his recovery, he has relocated to Paris.

Producing are Anonymous Content’s David Levine and Chadwick Prichard, Lorem Ipsum’s Yan Vizinberg, Abigail Honor and Chris Cooper and Les Films du Losange’s Charles Gillibert (“Annette”), alongside Alexis Dantec and Elastica Films’ María Zamora and Enrique Costa (“Aftersun”), who will co-produce. Ilya Stewart and Pavel Burya of Hype Studios (“Leto”) will executive produce.