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Leviathan (2014) Trailer

16 October 2014 3:55 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Here is the trailer and poster for Sony Pictures Classics’ upcoming film Leviathan. Winner of the Best Screenplay award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and Russia’s official foreign language submission for the Academy Awards, Leviathan opens December 31, 2014.

The latest drama from Andrey Zvyagintsev, the acclaimed director of The Return (Venice Film Festival Golden Lion winner and Golden Globe nominee). Kolya (Alexeï Serebriakov) 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 Liadova) and his son Roma (Sergueï Pokhodaev) from a previous marriage.

The town’s corrupt mayor Vadim Shelevyat (Roman Madianov) is determined to take away his business, his house, as well as his land. First the Mayor tries buying off Kolya, but Kolya unflinchingly fights as hard as he can »

- Michelle McCue

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Russian deal for Cannes winner Leviathan

17 September 2014 4:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A Company to release Andrey Zvyagintsev’s drama in Russia.

Russian drama Leviathan has secured distribution in its home country, four months after it won the Best Screenplay prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

The drama, from director Andrey Zvyagintsev and producer Alexander Rodnyansky, will receive a wide release by A Company on Nov 13, in cooperation with 20th Century Fox Russia.

The film is an interpretation of the biblical story of Job, told in the context of contemporary Russia. It is set on a peninsula by the Barents Sea and tells the story of a man who struggles against a corrupt mayor who wants his piece of land.

Leviathan marks from fourth feature from Zvyagintsev following Venice Golden Lion winner The Return (2003); Cannes best actor winner The Banishment (2007); and Elena (2011), which won the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize at Cannes.

Following its world premiere at Cannes in May, Leviathan recently received its North American debut at the »

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‘Leviathan’ Trailer: A Complex Portrait of Family and Corruption in Russia

29 August 2014 5:21 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev (The Return, Elena) made a big impression on Cannes audiences with Leviathan, and though it won only the Best Screenplay award rather than the Palme d’Or, the film remains one of the most anticipated winter releases thanks to the big Cannes buzz. Leviathan reworks the Book of Job as it charts a small-town […]

The post ‘Leviathan’ Trailer: A Complex Portrait of Family and Corruption in Russia appeared first on /Film. »

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Leviathan Trailer Offers a Striking Look at the Buzzworthy Cannes Winner

29 August 2014 11:49 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The first international Leviathan trailer for director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s (The Return) new film has landed online, giving us here in the States a look at what is certainly one of the most buzzed-about foreign films of the year.  Inspired by the Biblical Book of Job, the Russian pic mainly revolves around a dispute between a property owner and his mayor over a parcel of land in a small town, but Zvyagintsev uses the premise as an opportunity to dive deep into issues such as class, corruption, and faith.  Indeed, many have praised the film’s strong social criticisms of Russia itself, and the pic premiered to wildly enthusiastic reviews at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year where it took home the screenplay award.  It seems like a sure-fire Oscar contender in the Best Foreign Language Film race, but the question is will Russia submit the pic as its entry, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Andrey Zvyagintsev's Cannes Selected 'Leviathan' Gets a Us Trailer

29 August 2014 9:57 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Following yesterday's Us trailer for the Cannes Palme d'Or prize-winning film Winter Sleep, we have another much buzzed about title from the French showcase of cinema debuting a trailer. This year, Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev (The Return, Elena) returned to Cannes with his drama Leviathan, the story that is described as a gripping parable of class, faith and corruption, centering on a land dispute between a small-time mechanic and his local authorities that reaps unimaginable consequences. The film is actually inspired by the Biblical tale of Job, and looks like a provocative, masterfully shot piece of cinema. Here's the first trailer for Andrey Zvyagintsev's Leviathan from Palace Films: Kolia (Alexey Serebryakov) lives in a coastal village near the Barents Sea in Northern Russia, running an auto-repair shop, shared with young wife Lilya (Elena Lyadova) and his teenage son. Suddenly they find their lives and home threatened as Vadim Sergeyich »

- Ethan Anderton

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Watch a New, English Subtitled Trailer for 'Leviathan', Cannes Best Screenplay Winner

29 August 2014 8:41 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I'd never seen any of director Andrey Zvyagintsev's work prior to seeing Leviathan (Leviafan), winner for Best Screenplay at this year's Cannes Film Festival, last week. Not The Return nor Elena, but this is clearly the work of a master storyteller, but it is a dark piece of work that balances corrupt Russian politics with religion and a whole lot of vodka. Today a subtitled trailer for the film arrives giving you a hint of what to expect from the nearly 150-minute drama. Here's the official plot synopsis: Kolia lives in a small town near the Barents Sea, in North Russia. He has his own auto-repair shop. His shop stands right next to the house where he lives with his young wife Lilya and his son from a previous marriage Roma. Vadim Shelevyat, the Mayor of the town, wants to take away his business, his house and his land. »

- Brad Brevet

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Zvyagintsev: Leviathan seed was 'killdozer'

30 July 2014 2:23 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Motovun honoree talks about the inspirations for Cannes award winner Leviathan.

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Cannes best screenplay award winner Leviathan is a tale of Putin-era Russian corruption set in a remote, atmospheric peninsula on the Barents Sea.

But the script’s origins were inspired by incidents much further away.

Zvyagintsev tells Screen he was initially inspired by the “killdozer” case in Colorado in 2004. Marvin John Heemeyer, an auto repair shop owner, had an ongoing zoning dispute with local authorities —  he used a modified bulldozer to demolish the town hall and former mayor’s house among other buildings, before killing himself.

“I first heard about the story in 2008, when I was in New York filming New York, I Love You. I liked this story of a struggle of a small man against the system.” Over the next six years, he worked on the script that would eventually become Leviathan.

“In that period a lot of things happened »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Zvyagintsev: seed of Leviathan was 'killdozer'

30 July 2014 2:23 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Motovun honoree talks about the inspirations for Cannes award winner Leviathan.

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Cannes best screenplay award winner Leviathan is a tale of Putin-era Russian corruption set in a remote, atmospheric peninsula on the Barents Sea.

But the script’s origins were inspired by incidents much further away.

Zvyagintsev tells Screen he was initially inspired by the “killdozer” case in Colorado in 2004. Marvin John Heemeyer, an auto repair shop owner, had an ongoing zoning dispute with local authorities —  he used a modified bulldozer to demolish the town hall and former mayor’s house among other buildings, before killing himself.

“I first heard about the story in 2008, when I was in New York filming New York, I Love You. I liked this story of a struggle of a small man against the system.” Over the next six years, he worked on the script that would eventually become Leviathan.

“In that period a lot of things happened »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Zvyagintsev says Leviathan began with Us 'killdozer' case

30 July 2014 2:23 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Motovun honoree talks about the inspirations for Cannes award winner Leviathan.

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Cannes best screenplay award winner Leviathan is a tale of Putin-era Russian corruption set in a remote, atmospheric peninsula on the Barents Sea.

But the script’s origins were inspired by incidents much further away.

Zvyagintsev tells Screen he was initially inspired by the “killdozer” case in Colorado in 2004. Marvin John Heemeyer, an auto repair shop owner, had an ongoing zoning dispute with local authorities —  he used a modified bulldozer to demolish the town hall and former mayor’s house among other buildings, before killing himself.

“I first heard about the story in 2008, when I was in New York filming New York, I Love You. I liked this story of a struggle of a small man against the system.” Over the next six years, he worked on the script that would eventually become Leviathan.

“In that period a lot of things happened »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Leviathan | 2014 Cannes Review

2 June 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

On the Waterfront: Zvyagintsev’s Sprawling Opus of a Modern, Devouring Regime

Back with his fourth feature, Leviathan, Russian auteur Andrey Zvyagintsev succeeds in cinematic sublimity with this multilayered and operatic exploration of the crushing corruption of an unchecked regime. While each of his films have taken home prestigious awards (The Return won the Golden Lion at Venice in 2003, The Banishment snagged Best Actor at Cannes in 2007 while 2011’s Elena roped the Special Jury Prize for Un Certain Regard), this latest feature should solidify his unparalleled ascension as the most important auteur to rise out of Russia since Andrey Tarkovsky. Time may prove his to be the more potent title, a damning examination of the turpitude bred by an archaic and untoward establishment.

Living in the home that he’s built with his own hands on the waterfront of the Barents Sea, Kolya (Alexei Serebryakov), has recently been notified »

- Nicholas Bell

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Cannes Review: 'Leviathan' Is a Transfixing Epic That Grows On You

23 May 2014 1:56 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev has shown a penchant for studying desperate characters trapped in worlds much larger than anything under their control. From the two boys at the mercy of their demanding father in "The Return," to the elderly working class woman in "Elena" driven to crime for the sake of her son's finances, Zvyagintsev has assailed Russian society from the inside out. But none of his preceding features reaches the heights of dark, probing inquiry on display in his beautifully layered epic "Leviathan," a tragedy of biblical proportions in which fear and disillusionment are more central than the plot itself, and only the heartless people in power can find gratification. In a rather surprising tonal shift from Zvyagintsev's earlier efforts, "Leviathan" is also a stingingly effective pitch-black comedy. While several of the main figures in this sprawling ensemble piece face the prospects of their lives falling apart around them, »

- Eric Kohn

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Leviathan’

22 May 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In “Leviathan,” which director Andrey Zvyagintsev has described as a loose retelling of the Book of Job, an ordinary man must wrestle with his faith not in God but in the Russian state — an epic struggle against a monster with many faces possessed of the capacity to bend the law to suit its own appetites. Resistance is futile, as they say, and yet this stunning satire’s embattled patriarch valiantly perseveres for the sake of his family, even as it crumbles around him. Debuting in competition at Cannes, this engrossing, arthouse-bound opus spans a meaty 142 minutes and unfolds with the heft of a 1,000-page novel.

Lest you think Zvyagintsev’s latest a work of science fiction, the leviathan in question is strictly metaphorical — a concept borrowed from Thomas Hobbes’ 1651 treatise of the same name. That may come as a disappointment to those who’ve likened the 50-year-old slow-cinema auteur to a latter-day Andrei Tarkovsky, »

- Peter Debruge

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Cannes Check: Andrei Zvyagintsev's 'Leviathan'

13 May 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome to the final entry in Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off tomorrow. Taking on different selections every day, we've examined what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. We close thing out, neatly enough, with what will also be the last Competition film to be unveiled on the Croisette: Andrei Zvyagintsev's "Leviathan."  The director: Andrei Zvyagintsev (Russian, 50 years old). Among the most highly regarded Russian filmmakers of his generation, Zvyagintsev's filmography is short but muscular, and routinely compared to work of his late compatriot (and admitted inspiration) Andrei Tarkovsky. Born to working-class parents in Siberia, he began his career as an actor, graduating from drama school in his home town of Novosibirsk before moving to Moscow to further train at the Russian Academy of Theater Arts. »

- Guy Lodge

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The Most Universally Agreed Upon (Non Animated) Movies of the Last 11 Yearsc

9 May 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

An interesting list was posted on Reddit, listing the movies over the last eleven years that have earned at least a 95% on RottenTomatoes and have at least an average user rating of 8 or higher on IMDb. The list, understandably, doesn't take into account animated films and it includes some expected titles as well as a few I've still yet to see. Of those I haven't seen, they include Majid Majidi's The Song of Sparrows, Ki-duk Kim's Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring and Andrey Zvyagintsev's The Return. It's interesting to see the only repeat director is Richard Linklater with Before Sunset and Before Midnight, but anyone that knows my affinity for those two films also knows I'm not arguing they are two of the greatest movies of the last eleven years. I also find it interesting the only blockbusters included are Star Trek, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 »

- Brad Brevet

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Most Anticipated Films by Foreign Auteurs for 2014

8 January 2014 12:30 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

7. Leviafan (Andrey Zvyagintsev)

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s The Return and Elena were mysterious, slow-burning films. His 2014 entry, Leviafan, described by IMDb as “human insecurity in a ‘new country’” should mark a definite return to the Cannes Film Festival.

6. Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)

Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s film Once Upon a Time in Anatolia was one of the best films of 2011, and Winter Sleep promises to be another philosophical brooder, full of dramatic wide shots.

5. Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)

There aren’t many details for the new film by Cannes constants the Dardenne brothers, but a collaboration with Marion Cotillard is reason enough for excitement.

4. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Roy Andersson)

Few filmmakers are as unique, wryly funny, and assured as Roy Andersson. His Songs from the Second Floor is one of the best films of the 2000s, and the follow-up, »

- Neal Dhand

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