Leviathan

Winner
Best Screenplay
Cannes Film Festival
Nominee
Palme d’Or
Cannes Film Festival
Nominee
Best Foreign Language Film
Academy Awards
Combines allegory, brutal melodrama, black humor and strikingly beautiful compositions, each frame dense with meaning.

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Leviathan

Lauded Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev (The Return) won the Best Screenplay prize at Cannes for this painterly, primordial tale about a proud patriarch fighting to protect his family home from a corrupt local official. Kolia (Alexey Serebryakov) lives in a small fishing town near the stunning Barents Sea in Northern Russia. He owns an auto-repair shop that stands right next to the house where he lives with his young wife Lilya (Elena Lyadova) and his son, Roma (Sergueï Pokhodaev), from a previous marriage. The town’s corrupt mayor Vadim Shelevyat (Roman Madyanov) is determined to take away his business, his house, as well as his land. First the mayor tries buying off Kolia, but Kolia unflinchingly fights as hard as he can so as not to lose everything he owns, including the beauty that has surrounded him from the day he was born. Facing resistance, the mayor becomes more aggressive...

An Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

Official Russian Entry
87th Annual Academy Awards

Official Selection
*Toronto International Film Festival 2014*
*Cannes Film Festival 2014*
R
Genre
Drama
Runtime
141
Language
Russian
Director
Andrey Zvyagintsev
Writer(s)
Andrey Zvyagintsev, Oleg Negin
Cast
Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Elena Lyadova, Aleksey Serebryakov, Roman Madyanov
Awards:
Winner, Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival
Nominee, Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival
Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards
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FEATURED REVIEW
Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post

Kolya is an itinerant mechanic with a house overlooking a prime patch of Russia’s northern coast. That house is coveted by the local mayor, who’s more mob boss than politician. With bleak inevitably, Kolya’s (Aleksey Serebryakov) life unravels, and his travails spiral outward to suck in his wife ...

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