Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev's debut feature The Return (Vozvraschenie), which won the European Discovery 2003 Fassbinder Award in Berlin at the weekend, has been picked up by German theatrical distributor Movienet for release early next year.

The story of two brothers whose lives are turned upside down by the sudden reappearance of their father won the Golden Lion for Best Film at this year's Venice Film Festival.