The life of two brothers is suddenly shattered by the appearance of their father, whom they remember only by a 10-year-old photograph.

Is he really their father? Why did he come back after so many years? Children find the answers at a remote and desolate island, travelling with the man who turns their life upside down.

The rugged beauty of the northern lakes and forests adds a peculiar dimension to the unfolding human drama.

Director's Statement

When I was shooting the film I did not see the story as an every day or a social one. To a great extent the film is an intent mythological look at human life. This is probably what I would like the audience to keep in mind before they enter the screening room.

Director's Biography

Born in Novosibirsk in 1964, Andrey Zvyagintsev has been living in Moscow since 1986. He graduated from the Acting Department of Moscow State Theatre School, then worked as an actor in different independent
theatre projects. In 2000 he made his first TV debute as a director of three episodes for TV series BLACK ROOM.

THE RETURN is his feature film debut.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Written by: Aleksandr Novototskiy, Vladimir Moiseenko

Produced by: Dmitriy Lesnevskiy

Cinematography: Mikhail Krichman

Editing: Vladimir Mogilevskiy

Production Design: Zhanna Pakhomova

Costume Design: Anna Bartuli

Make-Up & Hair: Galina Ponomaryova

Original Score: Andrey Dergachev

Cast: Ivan Dobronravov (Ivan), Konstantin Lavronenko (father), Nataliya Vdovina (mother), Vladimir Garin (Andrey)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Film Academy Discovery - Prix Fassbinder 2003