Between his Golden Lion-winning debut, The Return, and his recent Cannes triumph Elena, Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev made Banishment, an absorbing drama about a family who travels to their countryside home, where a painful secret threatens to destroy their very foundation: the wife is pregnant with another man s child.
Wielding the simple, spare power of an Old Testament tale, Banishment expertly explores guilt and morality, anchored by Konstantin Lavronenko s haunted performance, which won him the Best Actor prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. A gorgeous widescreen film meant for the big screen, Banishment will at last receive its long-overdue Los Angeles premiere.
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In the remote Russian wilderness, two brothers face a range of new, conflicting emotions when their father--a man they only know through a single photograph--resurfaces.
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